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A company may not retaliate against an employee by firing a third party, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late last month, giving employees more backing to sue for retaliation.

In the case Thompson v. North American Stainless, justices ruled unanimously that third parties to discrimination actions are protected from retaliation by their employers by Title VII—the Civil Rights Act of 1964, amended. Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee based on the employee’s race, color, national origin, gender, or religion.

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