High Court Ruling Will Streamline Harassment Suits

Law360, New York (June 24, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT) -- In a victory for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday adopted a narrow, bright-line standard to determine who counts as a supervisor in Title VII harassment suits that attorneys say will streamline litigation and help many employers shut down the costly lawsuits at the summary judgment phase.

Affirming the Seventh Circuit's decision to uphold a summary judgment win for Ball State University in former dining services worker Maetta Vance's racial harassment suit in a 5-4 decision, the justices held that an employee only counts as a supervisor...
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