Justices Extend Protection for Workers Filing Discrimination Claims

January 25, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Employers can be sued if they retaliate against a relative or close associate of a worker who filed a discrimination claim, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.  The unanimous decision was the latest in a string of employee victories on retaliation—that is, when employers punish a worker for complaining over discrimination. While some business issues have polarized a court known for ideological splits, the justices have showed little tolerance for employer efforts to evade civil-rights laws by retaliating against workers who invoke them.

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