Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

Thompson v. North American Stainless

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-291 6th Cir. Dec 7, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Jan 24, 2011 8-0 Scalia OT 2010

Holding: Title VII's ban on workplace retaliation against an employee who challenges discrimination also protects a co-worker who is a relative or close associate of the targeted employee. (Kagan, J., recused.)

Plain English Holding: Title VII prohibits an employer from retaliating against a worker who complains of discrimination by firing that worker’s fiancée. Moreover, the fired fiancée can sue the employer for violating Title VII. (Kagan, J., recused.)

Judgment: Sixth Circuit reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on January 24, 2011.

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