Today’s two Supreme Court decisions — Gomez-Perez v. Potter and CBOCS West, Inc. v. Humphries — held that federal laws barring workplace discrimination protect workers against retaliation if they complain about bias on the job. This expansive view of civil rights — particularly worker’s rights — is a welcome turn away from last year’s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that limited plaintiff’s ability to seek redress in pay-discrimination cases. The rights upheld today went beyond those explicitly articulated by congressional legislation. That gives me confidence that the Roberts Court may bring a larger role for the judiciary in enforcing civil rights law.
Laura Beth, how psyched are you about this?