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6th Circ. U-Turns On 3rd-Party Retaliation Claims

Law360 (June 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Reversing its earlier position, a federal appeals court has ruled that people cannot bring Title VII claims for retaliation unless they have engaged in protected activity, denying relief for a man who claimed he was fired from North American Stainless LP because his fiancee complained of discrimination.

In an en banc rehearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the plain text of the Civil Rights Act allows only a limited class of people to sue for retaliation, a position consistent with...
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