'Cat's Paw' Theory Applies To Coworkers, 2nd Circ. Says

By Matthew Bultman (August 30, 2016, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit revived a retaliation lawsuit against a New York ambulance service, ruling Monday that under the "cat's paw" theory a company can be held liable when its decision to fire an employee is influenced by a coworker's bad intent.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel reversed a New York federal judge's dismissal of Title VII retaliation claims that Andrea Vasquez had filed in 2014 against Yonkers-based Empress Ambulance Service Inc.

Vasquez alleges she was let go after she complained about a dispatcher who sent her an unsolicited, sexually explicit photo. The suit claims that the dispatcher fabricated a...

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