Supreme Court Sides With Workers In Bias Cases

06/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Employees who complain of racial bias in the workplace and then face retaliation can sue under a post-Civil War-era law barring discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

In a second similar decision, the high court ruled that a provision of the federal law barring age discrimination prohibits retaliation against a federal government employee who complains of bias.

Steven Shapiro of the American Civil Liberties Union hailed both rulings, saying, "Today's decisions are appropriately grounded in the realities of the workplace. The court has protected workers and respected congressional intent."

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