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Employment Law group Chair Bruce R. Alper was recently quoted in an issue of Business Insurance concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Eric L. Thompson v. North American Stainless L.P.

In Thompson, the Supreme Court ruled that an employee cannot be terminated because his fiancée filed a discrimination complaint against their common employer. In the article entitled “High court broadens grounds for retaliation claims,” Alper said that the decision was “not a surprise” to the employment law community, pointing out that it was a unanimous decision written by Justice Scalia, considered “the most conservative judge on the Court.”

Alper also commented that, in light of the Thompson ruling, “You’re certainly going to think twice before taking adverse action against a family member” who works for the same company where another family member has engaged in protected activity.

Bruce R. Alper, Chair, EEO/Employment Law group, is a Shareholder at Vedder Price, where he has practiced management-side labor and employment law for over 30 years. An accomplished litigator, Alper has represented employers in employment-related disputes of all types in judicial, administrative and arbitral forums. Alper represents a wide range of private-sector employers, including hospitals, financial institutions, manufacturers and universities. He partners with management, corporate counsel and human resources professionals to develop strategic, cost-effective approaches to employee-relations problems and risk management.

Source:, January 31, 2011