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Supreme Court's Affirmation of Employee Rights Heartening Amidst Trends

Supreme Court's Affirmation of Employee Rights Heartening Amidst Trends

On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld an employee's right to sue for unlawful retaliation in Thompson v. North American Stainless Steel. Rabbi Saperstein noted in our statement: "The decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless is particularly heartening given its deviation from the recent trend of Supreme Court decisions prioritizing corporations over individuals."

The facts are this (as NPR sums up): "Eric Thompson and Miriam Regalado met and became engaged while working
at North American Stainless steel in Kentucky. She was a female
supervisor -- a rarity in the company -- and she says she was never
accepted by her boss.

She eventually filed a sex discrimination claim
with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, contending that she
was not receiving the same raises as her male counterparts. Three weeks
after the company was notified of the charge, Regalado's fiance was
fired from his job as a metallurgical engineer." [Read more complete coverage.]

Rabbi Saperstein praised the decision: "Writing for the Court, Justice Scalia made clear that a worker could
reasonably be silenced by fear of retaliation in the form of firing
against a fiancé and that such a situation violates essential civil
rights protections."

Published: 1/27/2011

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