Monday, June 24, 2013
Ind. Decisions - "U.S. justices rule against college worker in harassment case"
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for workers to sue their employers over alleged harassment in the workplace, ruling against a catering assistant at an Indiana university who claimed she was discriminated against on the basis of race.
In a 5-4 vote divided along familiar ideological lines, the court said Maetta Vance, who is black, could not sue Ball State University over the alleged taunts and threats made by a white colleague who Vance considered to be her supervisor. * * *
Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. She said the majority "ignores the conditions under which members of the work force labor, and disserves the objective of Title VII to prevent discrimination from infecting the nation's workplaces."
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined the dissent.
Monday's decision upheld a June 2011 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Ball State, which is based in Muncie, Indiana.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 24, 2013 12:47 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions