Justices Told Single Use Of N-Word Must Count As Race Bias

By Alexis Shanes (March 19, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT) -- A coalition of civil rights groups, law school professors and other scholars urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a Black former hospital worker's race bias suit, arguing that even a single use of the N-word "annihilates the well-being" of its target and constitutes discrimination.

The scholars' Thursday amicus brief said that there's a circuit split the high court needs to resolve when it comes to whether a single utterance or minimal exposure to the slur creates a hostile work environment under Title VII.

The brief underpins former Parkland Memorial Hospital operating room aide Robert Collier's arguments that the Fifth...

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