In Sayger v. Riceland Foods, Inc., 735 F.3d 1025 (8th Cir. 2013) (Nos. 12-3301, 12-3395), the plaintiff (who was Caucasian) alleged that he was laid off in retaliation for disclosing during an internal investigation interview by his employer’s human resources director possible racist statements made by a Caucasian supervisor against others.  A jury returned a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor on his retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981.  The employer appealed, arguing that the plaintiff was not seeking to vindicate the rights of minorities and failed to present evidence of causality or pretext.  After reviewing the trial record, the court of appeals found plaintiff had introduced sufficient evidence on these issues and affirmed the judgment.