Cat's Paw Creates Worker Liability For Retaliation: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 25, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Thursday held that the cat's paw theory allows an employee who causes an employer to retaliate against another worker to be held individually liable under Section 1981, a Reconstruction era law banning discrimination in contractual relationships.

The appeals court ruled on the issue as a matter of first impression while weighing retaliation claims brought against a human resources manager by a former Equistar Chemicals LP technician who claimed he was fired in retaliation for complaining about his supervisor's racist harassment. The plaintiff,...
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