Bill Wright

Bill Wright

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

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HR as Caesar’s Wife

An employee rejects a co-worker’s proposal of a physical relationship. The co-worker gets him fired. Is the employer liable for sex discrimination? This is different from earlier cat’s paw cases because the person who caused...more

5/29/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Harassment Human Resources Professionals Negligence

Supreme Court Defines “Supervisor” For Title VII

The Supreme Court staked out a definition for "supervisor" in the context of Title VII. Vance v. Ball State Univ., No. 11-556 (June 24, 2013). Whether a person is a "supervisor" determines whether the employer can be held...more

7/10/2013 - Adverse Employment Action EEOC Harassment Hiring & Firing Negligence SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII Vance v. Ball State University

Corporations Can’t Be Harassed

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations have First Amendment rights, at least to the extent that they can make monetary contributions to political candidates.* However, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently...more

3/12/2013 - All-State Sweeping v Black Citizens United Harassment Hostile Environment

Firing a Supervisor for Her Workplace Threat Was Not Retaliatory

These days, everyone has good reason to be leery of threats in the workplace, and the courts are generally supportive of employers who take those threats seriously. A recent Tenth Circuit decision is a good example. ...more

1/7/2013 - Harassment Hiring & Firing Retaliation Supervisors Termination

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