How Far Will The High Court Go On 3rd-Party Reprisals?

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT) -- On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP, a vitally important Title VII case that will likely determine the viability of retaliation claims by third parties to an employment discrimination dispute. At issue is whether an individual who neither opposed nor participated in an investigation of a discriminatory practice, but who was nonetheless retaliated against for the protected activity of someone with whom they share a close relationship, may state a claim for retaliation.

For years, federal courts...
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