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Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Thompson v. North American Stainless

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-291 6th Cir. Dec 7, 2010
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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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