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2012 SCOTUS Employment Law Preview!

It's here! The new SCOTUS season kicks off today! Let's see what kind of employment law goodies the Court has in store for us (in order of my personal preference): Supervisor Liability In Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court will determine who counts as a supervisor in harassment...

Supreme Court Hears Supervisor Liability Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The "supervisor" liability rule established in Faragher v. City of Boca Raton (524 U.S. 775 [1998]) and Burlington Indus., Inc. v. Ellerth (524 U.S. 742 [1998]) should apply to harassment by supervisors even if they have no power to "hire, fire, demote...

Supervisor Liability – SCOTUS Oral Argument for Vance v. Ball State

I will wait to draft the detailed post once the Supreme Court has actually ruled, but for those who are following SCOTUS oral arguments, one of the big employment cases of this term was heard on Nov. 25. Here is what you need to know about Vance v. Ball State : The issue is whether the "supervisor"...

Split Supreme Court Narrows Definition of ‘Supervisor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer is vicariously liable for an employee's harassment only if that employee is given the power by the employer "to take tangible employment actions against the victim," a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24, rejecting the Equal Employment...

Vance v. Ball St. Narrows Employer Liability for Harassment

In its prologue to yesterday's Supreme Court opinion in Vance v. Ball. St. Univ. [pdf] [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], Justice Alito, writing for the five-member majority, frames the importance of the issue facing the Court: Under Title VII, an...