The Supreme Court dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Robert Jordan, an African-American former employee of IBM in Maryland who said he was fired a month after protesting to higher-ups about a racist comment made by a white co-worker in 2002.

L.A. Times:

Civil rights lawyers also filed briefs urging the justices to take up the case. They said the ruling left employees in a “Catch-22 situation.”

They had been told by managers and by the courts that they should report instances of racism or sexual harassment in the workplace. At the same time, they were vulnerable to being dismissed for making such complaints.

On Monday the Supreme Court issued a one-line order without explanation, saying Jordan’s appeal had been turned down.

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