The Supreme Court on Tuesday adopted a broad reading of two federal civil rights laws to protect employees from retaliation when they complain about discrimination in the workplace.
By margins of 7 to 2 in one case and 6 to 3 in the other, the court found that the two statutes covered claims of retaliation even though Congress did not explicitly say so.
A very good day from the standpoint of employees.
The Court issued decision in Gomez-Perez v. Potter, 06-1321 (holding (6-3) that Section 633a(a) of the ADEA prohibits retaliation against a federal employee who complains of age discrimination.) and CBOCS West, Inc. v. Humphries, No. 06-1431 (holding (7-2) that Section 1981 encompasses retaliation claims).