Supervisor not Personally Liable for Discrimination or Retaliation

The California Supreme Court ruled that supervisors are not personally liable for employment discrimination. In Reno v. Baird, an employee claimed that she was terminated because she had cancer. The employee sued her employer and her supervisor for discrimination based on the medical condition, as well as for wrongful termination under FEHA. The court refused to hold the supervisor individually liable, finding that FEHA, while imposing personal liability for harassment, was not intended to impose personal liability for discrimination.

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