TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Court: Who counts as a supervisor?

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

When does your coworker also count as your supervisor? The Supreme Court may soon draw a legal line separating colleagues from managers, at least when it comes to harassment claims.

At issue Monday was a federal court split on whether to be considered a supervisor, a person must be able to hire and fire people.

That's what the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said while hearing a complaint from a Ball State University caterer, who says she was racially harassed. Maetta Vance says her tormentor was a supervisor, making the university liable. But the lower courts said that since the woman could not fire Vance, she was only a co-worker, and threw out the case.

Justices will announce their decision sometime next year.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Kang story of the year for Pirates
  2. Penguins GM Rutherford ‘wouldn’t make’ Despres trade today
  3. Healthy defensive back Mitchell eager for 2nd season with Steelers
  4. Body found during search for missing man on Youghiogheny
  5. Steelers notebook: Blake gets outside shot in nickel
  6. IRS cybersecurity breach touches lives of homebuyers, others
  7. Judge lashes UPMC, Highmark in consent decree violation hearing
  8. Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house
  9. Plum teacher, held for trial, vows to fight witness intimidation charge
  10. Penn Hills teenager charged in New Kensington shooting
  11. Pirates use big 7th inning to sweep Marlins, stretch winning streak