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Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Bias Ex-worker Law

The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers or former workers who filed anti-discrimination complaints against the employer in Robinson v. Shell Oil. The Court unanimously ruled that this law can apply to former, as well as to current, employees. The ruling allows a Maryland businessman, Charles T. Robinson, to go to trial and try to prove that a Shell Oil official gave him a bad reference in retaliation for a race discrimination suit Robinson had filed against the company. He filed the original suit after he was fired, claiming that the company dismissed him because of his race.

Media Resources: The Los Angeles Times - February 19, 1997