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Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson

Case Background, The Application Of Title Vii, Related Cases, How Sexual Harassment Is Determined

Petitioner

Meritor Savings Bank

Respondent

Mechelle Vinson

Petitioner's Claim

That the Civil Rights Act of 1964 limits discrimination in the workplace to that which results in economic injury.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

F. Robert Troll, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Patricia J. Barry

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

None

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

19 June 1986

Decision

The decision of the court of appeals was affirmed and remanded.

Significance

The case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson raised many important questions about the issues of sexual harassment in the workplace, as pertaining to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, under Title VII.

Impact

The difficult issues concerning sexual harassment in the workplace continue to be debated and contested in the courts, as evidenced by the large number of cases citing Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson: nine Supreme Court cases, and about 100 cases in the circuit courts. It is certain that sexual discrimination remains a serious problem for many Americans.

Sources

Findlaw. http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1981 to 1988