The Supreme Court Ruling on Workplace Harassment That Got Buried

The media are still talking about the justices’ DOMA and Prop 8 decisions. But what about Vance v. Ball State University, which could have a huge impact on workers?

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Amid the sweeping, high-profile cases decided at the end of the Supreme Court’s term on same sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act, one little-noticed    case could dramatically change the way employees bring harassment cases against their employers.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Vance v. Ball State University does something subtle, but with far-reaching effects: It narrows the definition of the word “supervisor.”

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