Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee
In an amici brief, Public Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association supported a plaintiff in a retaliation case who was dismissed after she provided truthful information to her employer during an internal sexual harassment investigation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had found that the employee and her actions were not protected under the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII. The amici urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Sixth Circuit’s narrow interpretation of the law, which it soundly did, striking a blow in favor of employees’ rights. The Court unanimously ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees from retaliation when they cooperate with internal investigations of sexual harassment.