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Thompson v. North American Stainless

Docket No.: 09-291
Certiorari Granted: 06/29/10
Argued: December 7, 2010
Decided: 01/24/11

Topics:

ADA, Administrative Procedure, Americans with Disabilities Act, Article I, Civil Rights Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Housing Act, OSHA, Sherman Act, Title VII, adverse employment action, anti-retaliation, judicial review, murder, retaliation, sex discrimination

PartyNames: Eric L. Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP
Petitioner: Eric L. Thompson
Respondent: North American Stainless, LP

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Citation: 567 F.3d 804
Supreme Court Docket

Eric L. Thompson
v.
North American Stainless, LP
Background:

Section 704(a) of Title VII forbids an employer from retaliating against an employee because he or she engaged in certain protected activity.

Question Presented:

(1) Does section 704(a) forbid an employer from retaliating for such activity by inflicting reprisals on a third party, such as a spouse, family member or fiance', closely associated with the employee who engaged in such protected activity? (2) If so, may that prohibition be enforced in a civil action brought by the third party victim?

Question:

Does an employer violate an anti-retaliation provision of a federal civil rights statute by firing the fiancée of the employee who complained about discrimination? Can the fired employee sue, or only the employee who filed the complaint?

Note:

JUSTICE KAGAN TOOK NO PART

Thompson v. North American Stainless
ORAL ARGUMENT

12/07/10

Listen to Oral Argument in Thompson v. North American Stainless
Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 8-0
Recused: who
Opinion By:
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