Monday, June 24, 2013

BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Supervisor Liability in Vance v. Ball State University

Minutes ago, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Vance v. Ball State University (opinion here). Per the Supreme Court's syllabus, the holding is:
An employee is a “supervisor” for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII only if he or she is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the victim.
Examples of "tangible employment actions" include:
[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.
I'll have more analysis once I've had an opportunity to read and digest the opinions.