Supreme Court Expands Title VII Retaliation Protection

January 29, 2009
The Supreme Court broadened the interpretation of Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision on Monday, increasing employers’ potential legal risks. In Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, the Court held that an employee fired after disclosing alleged sexual harassment in response to her employer’s questions during an internal investigation may pursue a retaliation claim under Title VII, despite never having filed a harassment charge. In this update, we take an in-depth look at the case and the important implications this ruling may have for employers.