How should the Supreme Court rule on these cases?

A preview of cases that are going to the SCOTUS this Fall: How should they rule? * Thompson v. North American Stainless o In Thompson, the Court will decide whether someone closely connected with an employee who complains of discrimination -- here the employee's co-worker/fiance -- is... show more A preview of cases that are going to the SCOTUS this Fall:
How should they rule?

* Thompson v. North American Stainless
o In Thompson, the Court will decide whether someone closely connected with an employee who complains of discrimination -- here the employee's co-worker/fiance -- is protected from retaliation. The fiance was fired and has brought a retaliation case.
+ • Oral Argument: December 7, 2010
+ • Notes: Justice Kagan is recused in this case.

* Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.
o In Kasten, the Court will determine whether an employee's making an oral, instead of a written, complaint of a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act is protected conduct under the statute's anti-retaliation provision.
• Oral Argument: October 13, 2010
+ • Notes: Justice Kagan is recused in this case.

* Staub v. Proctor Hospital
o Here the Court will be addressing what lawyers commonly refer to as the "cat's paw" theory of liability. The question presented is whether an employer, without discriminatory motive, may be liable for firing an employee based on information or advice from biased managers.
# • Oral Argument: November 2, 2010
# • Notes: Justice Kagan is recused in this case.




p.s. Anyone know why Justice Kagan is recused in these cases?
Update: These are all employment law cases.
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