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Supreme Court Asks for Solicitor General’s Views on Workplace Rights


by Publius
Posted October 09, 2012, 12:23 PM

Lyle Denniston reports at SCOTUSblog:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the U.S. Solicitor General to provide the government’s views on a case testing the workplace rights of employees of a contractor under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.   The case is Lawson v. FMR LLC.  The Court will decide whether to hear the case after the Solicitor General replies.

The Act bars a contractor working for a publicly traded company from discriminating against employees in their job conditions.  In this case, the First Circuit Court ruled that if such a contractor is a privately held firm, it is not barred from retaliating against its own employees, since the retaliation bar only applies to workers on the payroll of the public companies with whom the contractor is associated.

The Court did not grant review in any new cases Tuesday.  The Court had granted seven new cases last week.

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