Supreme Court Rules On Ball State Discrimination Lawsuit (VIDEO)


June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that involved Ball State University that people must be able to hire and fire people to be considered a supervisor in a discrimination lawsuit.

The justices made the 5-4 ruling on Monday as it threw out Maetta Vance's appeal.

At issue was whether to be considered a supervisor, a person must be able to hire and fire people.

That's what the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said while hearing a complaint from Vance, who said she was racially harassed.

Vance, a Ball State University caterer, said her tormentor was a supervisor, making the university liable.

But the lower courts said that since the woman could not fire Vance, she was only a co-worker, and threw out the case.

The high court upheld that decision.

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