Supreme Court: Verbal complaints applicable for retaliation protection

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The Supreme Court ruled today that employees don’t have to write down complaints about illegal workplace conditions to receive retaliation protection from their employers.

Kevin Kasten had complained to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics that time clocks were in the wrong place. The company fired him and moved the clocks.

Kasten sued and claimed retaliation protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The company, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said to get protection workers who have “filed any complaint” about workplace conditions must have written it down.

The Supreme Court on a 6-2 vote overturned that decision.

The case is Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, 09-834.