Title VII Doesn't Bar Bias Over Immigrant Status: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 23, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging that a bank fired an employee for marrying a Mexican citizen who entered the U.S. illegally, ruling that Title VII does not bar discrimination based on immigration status.

The appeals court concluded that Indiana-based Salin Bank & Trust Co. had not violated Title VII in terminating Kristi Cortezano because she was axed not over her spouse's Mexican heritage, but his unauthorized immigration status. Title VII does not guard against discrimination based on alienage, the...
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