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Supreme Court says 142-year-old civil rights law covers retaliation in race cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says workers who face retaliation after complaining about race discrimination may sue their employers under a Civil War-era law.

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The court says in a 7-2 ruling that retaliation is another form of intentional, unlawful discrimination that is barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It was enacted to benefit newly freed blacks.

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