The U.S. Supreme Court issued three opinions this week.
In the first of two employment law decisions, the Court held 7-2 in CBOCS West v. Humphries that section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act covers race-based claims of retaliation in the workplace. In Gomez-Perez v. Potter, the Court held 6-3 that federal employees are also protected against retaliatory action for complaining about age bias in the workplace.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Riley v. Kennedy that a 1985 Alabama law dealing with county commission vacancies did not alter election law in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The Court noted that the law, which had been struck down by the Alabama Supreme Court when the governor began resuming a practice of appointment to fill commission vacancies, had never actually been in effect.