The decision in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742, 118 S.Ct. 2257, 141 L.ed.2d 633 (1998), set up a framework for employers to avoid liability. An employer can avoid liability for harassment of an employee if the employer has a robust system in place for reporting on-the-job harassment. Once such a reporting
Inc. v. Ellerth
Supreme Court Limits Definition of Supervisor
By Thomas J. Crane on
Posted in Discrimination
When is a supervisor not a supervisor? For purposes of Title VII, the U.S. Supreme Court has answered that question in a 5-4 vote and has imposed a more narrow definition. See the decision in Vance v. Ball State Univ., No. 11-556 (6/24/13) here.
The Court found that a person is a "supervisor"…