The 6th Circ. Rejection Of '3rd-Party Retaliation'

Law360, New York (July 22, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT) -- If an employee files a discrimination charge, are her friends and family members protected, as she is, from any resulting retaliation? A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says no.

Nevertheless, the case is one more reminder of the importance of establishing and documenting the nondiscriminatory and nonretaliatory bases for all terminations.

In Thompson v. North American Stainless LP, decided on June 5, 2009, the court examined whether § 704(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §...
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