Following The Paw Prints Of Staub V. Proctor Hospital

Law360, New York (January 19, 2012, 1:44 PM EST) -- The risk of employer liability for being tricked into taking an adverse employment action against an employee by a supervisor with discriminatory motives, i.e. cat’s paw liability, is real.

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s March 2011 decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital, a number of lower courts have taken up the issue and found a basis for cat’s paw liability pursuant to various statutes.

Additionally, since many states’ courts simply follow federal law when interpreting state civil rights laws, the cat’s paw legal...
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