Slur Against Biracial Relative Enough for Job Retaliation Suit

July 29, 2021, 3:46 PM

An Allegheny County, Pa., jail employee may be able to prove he was fired in retaliation for his complaint about a racial slur against his biracial grand-niece and related racist texts, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday in a novel case under federal law.

The court said it was joining the Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh circuits in holding that the theory of “associational discrimination is well grounded” in the language of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The theory isn’t limited to family or “substantial relationships,” and the closeness of a relationship is irrelevant, the U.S. Court of ...

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