Scott Matthews, Sharon Klein Provide Legal Update "U.S. Supreme Court Narrowly Defines "Supervisor" As It Applies To Employer Liability For Unlawful Acts Committed By Employees Against Other Employees"

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court narrowly defined "supervisor" for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII as an employee who is empowered to take "tangible employment actions" against the victim. Tangible employment action is described as that which constitutes a significant change in employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits." This ruling will limit claims of vicarious liability against employers as a result of unlawful actions by their employees.

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