• Supreme Court Gives "Thumbs-Up" to Cat’s Paw Claims
  • March 14, 2011
  • Law Firm: Vorys Sater Seymour Pease LLP - Columbus Office
  • In Staub v. Proctor Hospital, the United States Supreme Court recently endorsed the “cat’s paw” theory of employer liability. In the employment law context, the “cat’s paw” theory permits a finding of employer liability where the final decision maker relies on information supplied by biased subordinates -- even if the decision maker has no personal animus against the employee. The decision is a stark reminder that upper-level decision makers must be vigilant in investigating and substantiating employment-related allegations prior to taking adverse employment actions.