Some employees are so angry about perceived supervisor discrimination and harassment that they want the offending boss to suffer personally. They’ll often try to sue their supervisors directly.
Fortunately, that doesn’t work for Title VII discrimination lawsuits.
Recent case: Monique Rue sued her employer, GMAC Financial Services, and several of her supervisors for alleged race discrimination and retaliation.
But the court quickly dismissed her individual claims against the supervisors. It reasoned that nothing in Title VII authorized individual liability for supervisors—just for employers. (Rue v. GMAC Financial Services, et al., No. 3:10-Cv-62, WD NC, 2011)
Final note: Don’t take this case as an absolute guarantee against personal liability. Theand the Fair Labor Standards Act both allow individual liability. Employees can also sue bosses for things like defamation or intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- OSHA cites Cincy painting firm for lead safety violations
- It's sometimes OK to ask about expunged records
- Boss who hired also fired? Back it up anyway to defend against discrimination claims
- Employers win Nassar battle, but retaliation war continues
- State Supreme Court: Public employment contracts are public