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Vance v. Ball State University - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 12-5-12 featuring Jason Schwartz

December 5, 2012

Jason Schwartz

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Vance v. Ball State University- Post-Decision SCOTUScast - MP3
Running Time: 00:09:24

Jason SchwartzOn November 26, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Vance v. Ball State University.  This case involves Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (a federal anti-discrimination law), and revisits the circumstances under which an employer may be held liable for harassment by its supervisory employees:  If the alleged harasser had the authority to direct and oversee the work of the plaintiff--but did not actually have the power to terminate her employment or discipline her formally--can the employer nevertheless be held vicariously liable for the alleged harasser’s misdeeds?

To discuss the case, we have Jason Schwartz, who is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

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Oral Argument Transcript - November 26, 2012 (PDF)


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