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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


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
North American Stainless, LP

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?


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?



Thompson v. North American Stainless


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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