Two blows in one day (sigh) for the Obama administration. The Supreme Court just limited the EEOC’s vision of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, rendering a second blow to the first administration headed by a president who taught civil rights, no less.
The question before the Roberts’ Court involved the definition of a supervisor. If you are being sexually harassed by a colleague who is not your direct supervisor but does have some authority over your daily life at work, should this person be free to do so without implicating management? The EEOC had an expansive definition of supervisor, whereas the Roberts’ Court did not in Vance vs. Ball State University.