High court clears way for more retaliation suits

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

On Jan. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major decision that some attorneys worry will open the litigation floodgates for employees who believe they have suffered retaliation.

The high court unanimously ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects from retaliation employees who cooperate with their employers’ internal harassment investigations.

The case is Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

In this case, Vicki Crawford was asked to testify in an internal hearing on a sexual harassment complaint filed by a co-worker against Crawford’s boss. Crawford testified about sexually inappropriate acts her boss had committed. The employer, the Nashville & Davidson County school district, concluded the supervisor’s behavior was inappropriate, but did not constitute sexual harassment. The school district ordered additional sexual harassment training.

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