Seventh Circuit Revives Retaliation Claim: An Interview with Christopher Farella

Employment Law This Week

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Employment Law This Week (Episode 35: Week of July 25, 2016) has released bonus footage of its interview with Christopher M. Farella, a Counsel at Epstein Becker Green.

As Mr. Farella discusses, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has set a low bar for Title VII retaliation claims. The Seventh Circuit partially reversed the dismissal of a university professor’s suit, finding that she had a “plausible” claim that she was denied tenure in retaliation for filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While her employers argued that the charge was filed after university officials had already made their decision on tenure, the Seventh Circuit said this was precisely the type of factual question that made the claim plausible and entitled the plaintiff’s lawsuit to survive a motion to dismiss.

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