Cat’s Paw and Personal Liability

The Proactive Employer ran an interesting blog post on July 17, 2012 which reported on a case where a supervisor had personal liability under a Cat Paw type of case.

As you will recall, the Supremes in Staub v. Proctor Hospital, held that employers can be liable for discrimination based on the bias of an employee’s supervisors, even though the supervisor in question did not make the actual decision to terminate the employee.

Combine that holding with a 1981 case which permits personal liability and you get a case involving the Cat’s Paw and personal liability.  The case is Smith v. Brady from the 7th Circuit.

via Adjunct Law Prof Blog: Cat’s Paw and Personal Liability.

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