Racial Discrimination or Poor Performance? The 7th Circuit Must Decide
Suppose a factory worker consistently fails to meet her employer’s productivity goals and is eventually terminated for poor performance. An open-and-shut case, right? Not so fast. A recent decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin—illustrates the intricacies of the so-called cat’s-paw theory of liability, premised on the ability of a culpable actor to use an innocent decision maker as an unknowing tool of her animus.
The complete article originally appeared on HR.BLR.com.