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Impact of Supreme Court pro-employer Title VII decisions blunted by state laws

By Julia E Judish, Ellen Connelly Cohen and Keith D Hudolin

The authors analyse two decisions by the US Supreme Court that narrow the circumstances under which employers can be held liable for retaliation or harassment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The US Supreme Court issued two important decisions near the end of its term that narrow the circumstances under which employers can be held liable for retaliation or harassment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In each case, the court rejected broader Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) interpretations of the law in favour of setting a higher bar for plaintiffs bringing federal claims.

Employers should keep in mind, however, that the legal standards under many state and local laws may not be affected by the Supreme Court’s rulings…

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