Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Will Determine Whether an Employee who Cooperates in Internal Harassment Investigation is Protected from Retaliation

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted review in a retaliation case that could have a significant impact on employers. In Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Tennessee (U.S. cert. granted Jan. 18, 2008), the Court will determine whether an employee who cooperates in an employer?s internal investigation of a sexual harassment allegation, where no agency charge has been filed, is protected from retaliation under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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