Monday, March 26, 2012

Title VII protects both current and former employees from discriminatory adverse employment actions

Ogletree Deakins
Maria Greco Danaher

March 19 2012

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate against “any individual" on the basis of membership in a protected class. In a reminder to employers, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reiterated the generally accepted interpretation that in this language, Title VII explicitly allows former employees, as well as current ones, to bring an action under that statute. Gerner v. County of Chesterfield, 4th Cir., No.11-1218, 3/16/12.

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