Jean-Christian Vinel on The Irony of Vance v. Ball State University

To anyone who has followed American labor law in the last fifteen years or so, the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State University is full of irony. Indeed, the Court’s new, narrow definition of “supervisor” does not simply limit the liability of companies in discrimination cases. It also stands in stark contrast to the much broader definition that conservatives have pushed in the context of the National Labor Relations Act, where the designation “supervisor” can be used to bar workers from unionizing.

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