Section 704(a) of Title VII forbids an employer from retaliating against an employee because he or she engaged in certain protected activity. The questions presented are:
(1) Does section 704(a) forbid an employer from retaliating for such activity by inflicting reprisals on a third party, such as a spouse, family member or fiance, who is closely associated with the employee who engaged in such protected activity?
(2) If so, may that prohibition be enforced in a civil action brought by the third party victim?
Eric Schnapper, David O'Brien Suetholz, and Lisa S. Blatt, Brief for Petitioner, Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, 562 U.S. 170 (2011) (No. 09-291), 2010 WL 3501186 (2010) https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-court-briefs/13