Justices Define 'Supervisor' Narrowly For Harassment Suits

Law360, New York (June 24, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that only employees with the authority to hire, fire or promote others count as supervisors whose actions saddle an employer with vicarious liability under Title VII, upholding the dismissal of a dining services worker's race bias suit against Ball State University.

Resolving a circuit split over over how much authority an alleged harasser must have to be considered a supervisor, the justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that an employee is a “supervisor” for purposes of vicarious liability under Title...
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