• US Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Definition of “Supervisor” Under Title VII
  • July 3, 2013 | Authors: Scott O. Luskin; Leila Narvid
  • Law Firms: Payne & Fears LLP - Los Angeles Office ; Payne & Fears LLP - San Francisco Office
  • On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court clarified the definition of supervisor in employee harassment cases under Title VII. In Vance v. Ball State University, the Court held that only an employee who “is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the victim” is a supervisor. The Court's decision adopted a bright-line practical standard easily applied by employers and employees, as well as courts. Before this decision, the circuits were split between this definition and a more vague definition advanced by the EEOC.