A company manager may be individually liable under §1981 for causing the employer to retaliate against another employee on the basis of his race, the 7th Circuit has ruled.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling holding an employer liable for the anti-military bias of a supervisor – even though another supervisor made the ultimate decision to fire the plaintiff – is expected to have significant implications for employers and employees.
A Caucasian employee could recover damages for reverse discrimination based on a claim that her direct supervisor’s racial bias infected the process that led to her firing, the 7th Circuit has ruled in reinstating a jury verdict on liability.
WASHINGTON – In the 17th century, writer Jean de La Fontaine wrote a fable about a clever monkey who persuaded a cat to fetch chestnuts from a hot fire. The cat’s paws got burned, but the monkey got what he wanted – fresh roasted snacks.
Now the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether employers can be held liable under the so-called “cat’s paw” theory in a job bias suit where the decision maker was allegedly persuaded by the animus of a subordinate supervisor to fire an employee.