Independent contractors ranging from lawyers to plumbers have new opportunities to sue their clients for creating a hostile work environment, as a result of a Jan. 10 Supreme Court action.

Without comment, the court let stand a May 1999 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Danco Inc., et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which allowed such independent contractor suits under 42 U.S.C. �1981, which bars discrimination in private contracts.

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