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HR pro on trial: ‘Cat’s paw’ individual liability under Section 1981

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in Discrimination and Harassment,HR Management,Human Resources

The 7th Circuit recently considered for the first time whether an employee can be individually liable under a “cat’s paw” theory of retaliation under Section 1981. In Smith v. Bray the court held that an employee could sue an HR manager individually for retaliating against him by influencing the decision to fire him.

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