Who's the boss? Tell Congress to protect workers from unfair harassment
“The ball is once again in Congress’ court to correct the error into which this Court has fallen, and to restore the robust protections against workplace harassment the Court weakens today.”
- Sup. Ct. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting in Vance.
Maetta Vance, an African-American, worked in a cafeteria—where her white boss assigned her menial tasks to humiliate her. Dr. Naiel Nassar was denied a promotion, after complaining that his boss said “Middle Easterners are lazy.” Both sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In 5-4 decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court denied them both. Vance’s employer was not deemed liable, because the offender was her boss—but not her “supervisor,” under an extremely narrow definition. Nassar lost, because he could not prove discrimination was the sole factor.
These decisions will gut existing workplace protections—unless Congress acts. Sign our petition demanding that Congress amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that “supervisors” include anyone who directs an employee’s work activities, and that plaintiffs need not prove discrimination was the only factor in retaliation cases.
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