The U.S. Supreme Court looks at wide-angle legal issues — which are also the general counsel’s angle. And, Supreme Court issues are like objects in the rearview mirror: They are often larger than they appear.

Take retaliation claims. First, what does it take to make one? Sure, an employee must tell the company that she has been the victim of discrimination. That’s the easy part. Then, she must show that something bad happened to her. After all, if no harm occurred, neither did a foul. Or, so says the 5th Circuit, whose judges believe to their core that a retaliation claim is made only if the employee complains, and is then fired or denied a promotion or demoted.

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