Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville

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2009

Determined whether workers who provide information during an employer’s investigation of a sexual harassment are protected from retaliation by federal law.

Summary of the Case

Vicky Crawford was fired after she corroborated a co-worker’s sexual harassment complaint against her boss by disclosing that the same supervisor harassed her.

Decision

In its 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that workers who provide information during an employer’s investigation of a sexual harassment or other discrimination complaint are protected from retaliation by federal law. Federal law makes it just as illegal for an employer to retaliate against someone who complains of discrimination as it is for an employer to discriminate in the first place.