Supreme Court: Fiance of Employee Who Filed Complaint May Sue for Retaliation

In an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that an employee who claims he was fired because his fiancee filed a sex discrimination charge against their mutual employer may pursue a retaliation claim under Title VII.

Justice Scalia wrote for the Court. Justice Ginsburg filed a concurring opinion, which was joined by Justice Breyer. Justice Kagan did not take part.

Reversing a federal appeals court ruling in favor of North American Stainless LP, the Supreme Court said it had “little difficulty concluding that if the facts alleged by the plaintiff are true, then [the company's] firing of him violated Title VII.” The Court held that even though it was the plaintiff's fiancee who filed the sex bias charge and not the plaintiff, he is still a “person aggrieved” within the meaning of Title VII and therefore entitled to sue.