Court says complaints don't have to be written

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 10:19 AM
Court says complaints don't have to be written

The Supreme Court says employees don't have to write down complaints about illegal workplace conditions to receive retaliation protection from their employers.

The high court made the ruling Tuesday.

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.