9to5 Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar
Monday, June 25, 2013
Susan Berryman-Rodriguez, 9to5 (404) 222-0030
(Washington, DC) –The U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar limiting protections available to employees who experience workplace discrimination
9to5 National Executive Director Linda Meric released the following statement in response:
“Today’s Supreme Court decisions ignore the realities of the workplace and make it harder for workers who experience discrimination on the job to seek justice. We are deeply disappointed in the Court’s rulings that employers are not automatically liable for illegal harassment by an employee’s immediate or day-to-day supervisor (Vance) and that workers who’ve been retaliated against for complaining about discrimination now face a more difficult burden of proof (Nassar). These decisions contradict long-standing interpretations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Courts, and are a step backwards for workplace fairness.
9to5 remains committed to combating discrimination, providing information and support to working women and men whose rights are violated in the workplace, and advocating for stronger protections against discrimination. 9to5 calls on Congress to remedy these decisions by passing legislation that restores the purpose of our nation’s civil rights in employment laws – to eliminate and prevent workplace discrimination.”