Cat’s Paw Discrimination

By John V. Berry,

We often hear about “Cat’s Paw” discrimination, but it is little understood by most individuals.  This article hopes to clarify that.  Cat’s Paw discrimination cases come up often in private sector and federal employee cases.  In short, “Cat’s Paw,” is used to describe an individual motivated by discrimination who influences innocent decision makers into making a illegal decision.  This is referred to as Cat’s Paw discrimination. This can apply to federal and private sector employment cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or in courts.

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