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New SCOTUScast: Vance v. Ball State University

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by SCOTUScaster
Posted December 13, 2012, 3:08 PM

On November 26, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Vance v. Ball State University.  This case involves Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (a federal anti-discrimination law), and revisits the circumstances under which an employer may be held liable for harassment by its supervisory employees:  If the alleged harasser had the authority to direct and oversee the work of the plaintiff--but did not actually have the power to terminate her employment or discipline her formally--can the employer nevertheless be held vicariously liable for the alleged harasser’s misdeeds?

To discuss the case, we have Jason Schwartz, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

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