WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2013 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court decision in Vance v. Ball State University:

Deferring to the powerful at the expense of the powerless, the Supreme Court majority has imposed heavier burden for victims of workplace harassment and discrimination seeking justice in our courts. This decision makes it far easier for employers to evade responsibility for discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

As Justice Ginsburg so aptly pointed out, the majority’s decision conveys a lack of understanding of how workplaces actually operate, and now Congress must act to ensure our laws protect against real world discrimination.


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