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Attys Weigh In On Justices’ Ruling In Harassment Suit

Law360, New York (June 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that only employees with the authority to hire, fire or promote others should count as supervisors in Title VII harassment suits. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the 5-4 ruling is significant.

Chris Bacon, Vinson & Elkins LLP

“The biggest loser in Vance [v. Ball State University] is the [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], which had long been a proponent of a broad and vague definition of supervisor, including anyone who exercised direction over another’s daily work — even those without real power on major employment decisions. While employees can still assert claims of harassment based...

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