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Editor's Note :

On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect the Court to issue orders from the October 31 Conference; we do not expect the Justices to issue any decisions on the merits.
Our list of "Petitions to watch for that Conference is here.

Thompson v. North American Stainless

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-291 6th Cir. Dec 7, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Jan 24, 2011 8-0 Scalia OT 2010

Holding: Title VII's ban on workplace retaliation against an employee who challenges discrimination also protects a co-worker who is a relative or close associate of the targeted employee. (Kagan, J., recused.)

Plain English Holding: Title VII prohibits an employer from retaliating against a worker who complains of discrimination by firing that worker’s fiancée. Moreover, the fired fiancée can sue the employer for violating Title VII. (Kagan, J., recused.)

Judgment: Sixth Circuit reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on January 24, 2011.

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