Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Bias Ex-worker Law

The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers or former workers who filed anti-discrimination complaints against the employer in Robinson v. Shell Oil. The Court unanimously ruled that this law can apply to former, as well as to current, employees. The ruling allows a Maryland businessman, Charles T. Robinson, to go to trial and try to prove that a Shell Oil official gave him a bad reference in retaliation for a race discrimination suit Robinson had filed against the company. He filed the original suit after he was fired, claiming that the company dismissed him because of his race.


The Los Angeles Times - February 19, 1997

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