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Supreme Court: Title VII Forbids Third-Party Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer may not use third-party reprisal as a means of retaliating against the third party's fiancée, an employee who filed a discrimination claim, and the third-party employee has standing to sue the employer, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan...

Supreme Court Says Company Can't Fire Employee's Fiancée

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court says companies can't fire people simply because they are in a relationship with other employees who complain of discrimination. The high court on Monday unanimously ruled for Eric Thompson, who was fired from a North American Stainless plant in Kentucky...

Employment Alert: Sixth Circuit Upholds Employer's Right to Deny an Employee a Promotion, Even After Employee's Safety Complaints

On March 29, 2011, the Sixth Circuit decided Hoffman v. Solis , Case No. 08-4128, a retaliation case brought after a pilot was allegedly denied a promotion in response to his safety complaints. Mark Hoffman claimed NetJets Aviation, Inc. violated the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act...

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Employers May Not Retaliate Against Workers For Orally Complaining About Unpaid Overtime Compensation

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219 ("FLSA"), sets forth employment rules relating to minimum wages, maximum hours, and overtime compensation . Section 15(a)(3) of the FLSA is an anti-retaliation provision that prohibits employers from, among other...

Split U.S. High Court Finds Higher Standard For Title VII Retaliation Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Retaliation claims filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must prove but-for causation, a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24, rejecting the lessened causation test outlined in 42 U.S. Code Section 2000e-2(m) [ an annotated version of this statute is...