Cat's Paw Ruling Leaves Employers Scratching Heads

Law360, New York (March 1, 2011, 1:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday that an employer could be on the hook for firing a worker when the decision is influenced by a supervisor's bias did not foreclose the possibility that an employer who investigates the allegations could be shielded. But just how an investigation might insulate a company from the cat's paw theory of liability remains unclear, attorneys say.

In reviving Vincent Staub's case against employer Proctor Hospital, the high court reversed a March 2009 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
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