Justice Scalia Pens Employee-Friendly Opinion on Retaliation

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Every employer should be aware of this latest Supreme Court case, especially fashion and entertainment businesses. Discrimination claims, particularly in fashion, is not uncommon.

“Federal law bans employers from retaliating against a worker for filing a discrimination claim.

But does federal law ban employers from retaliating against a close associate of a worker who filed a discrimination claim?

In a word, yes.

In a unanimous 8-0 decision on Monday (Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the decision), the Supreme Court ruled that employers can be sued for such behavior. Click here for the story, from the WSJ’s Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin.

Bravin writes that the ruling marks the latest in a string of employee victories on retaliation: “While some business issues have polarized a court known for ideological splits, the justices have showed little tolerance for employer efforts to evade civil-rights laws by retaliating against workers who invoke them.”” ~ WSJ has the full story.


Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw

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