Justices Pass on Black Envoy Air Agent’s Job Retaliation Lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2021, 1:44 PM

The Supreme Court Monday declined to review a Black airline agent’s suit alleging she was fired by Envoy Air Inc. for complaining about race-based harassment, not because she abused her employee travel privileges.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit mistakenly failed to apply the “cat’s paw” theory to her claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Illinois law, Ciara Vesey told the justices in her brief seeking to revive the suit.

Under that theory, an employer may be held liable for an otherwise nondiscriminatory job action when a nondecisionmaking supervisor’s bias influences and ...

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