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Supreme Court Decision Narrows Potential for Employer Liability in Harassment Claims

Posted in Discrimination and Harassment Law and Practice

The Supreme Court recently narrowed the definition of “supervisor” in harassment suits. In Vance v. Ball State University the Court defined supervisors as those empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the alleged victim. Previously those that directed employees’ day-to-day activities were considered supervisors. While seemingly mere “word games,” this decision will… Continue Reading