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Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Thompson v. North American Stainless, which could significantly alter the scope of protection against workplace retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, the Thompson case presented the following question to the Court: Does Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision prohibit an employer from retaliating against a third party (e.g., a spouse, family member, or fianc?e) who is closely associated with an employee who complains of discrimination even though the third party personally has not engaged in protected activity?

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