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Associational Retaliation Claim Dismissed
Spilman recently obtained a dismissal of an "associational" retaliation claim made by a client’s dismissed employee. Two dismissed employees filed a Title VII retaliation lawsuit against a railroad company. One of the plaintiffs claimed he was dismissed because he had earlier filed a Charge with the EEOC, and the other plaintiff said he was being retaliated because he was friends with the other. The court, in a detailed opinion, granted Spilman’s Motion to Dismiss because the co-plaintiff was not in the "zone of interest" that Title VII protected—simply being someone's friend was not sufficient.
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Labor & Employment Law J. Spencer Cook
336.631.1060
scook@spilmanlaw.com Carrie M. Harris
336.631.1051
charris@spilmanlaw.com Jeffrey D. Patton
336.725.4491
jpatton@spilmanlaw.com