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.