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Don't fire her: fire her loved one. Then the family has no recourse.

When Eric Thompson's fiance filed a gender discrimination claim against their employer, North American Stainless, L.P., the employer retaliated by firing him less than a month later.  The Sixth Circuit, in a 10-8 en banc decision, ruled that's "okay."  The law only prohibits retaliating against the person who complains; not a loved one.  The EEOC investigated and concluded that there was "reasonable cause to believe that North American Stainless retaliated against Thompson's now-wife by firing her fiance, issued a right-to-sue letter and filed a brief supporting his claim.  Nevertheless, the Sixth Circuit held that the law provided Thompson no remedy.  The opinion was written by Traverse City's Richard Griffin, a disappointment here.

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