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Meow: cat’s paw evidence and proving discrimination

“Cat’s paw” claims exist where a plaintiff holds the employer liable for the intentional discrimination of an employee, usually a supervisor, who did not make—but influenced—the ultimate employment decision in question.  The courts will not accept a company’s blind reliance on a supervisor’s personnel decision.  If the discriminating employee’s influence has some relation to the ultimate action taken, liability exists. Illegal bias can be inferred upwards where the person with the decision making authority bases his decision on assessments or reports of supervisors with a discriminatory animus.

Pamela A. Smith
Law Office of Pamela A. Smith
233 Needham Street, Suite 540
Newton, MA 02464


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