Tag Archives: Sexual Harassment

Is Bullying Harassment?

Bullying
California is oft thought of as a trailblazer in the arena of sexual harassment law. Because California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act mirrors Title VII, practitioners and employers in other states often look to California cases and laws regarding sexual harassment for guidance.… Continue reading this entry

Watch Out for the Cat’s Paw - Employers May Be Accountable for Low-Level Employee Actions

In the world of employment law, there is something called the “Cat’s Paw” theory of liability. The name comes from a fable dating back to the 17th century in which a clever monkey persuades a naïve cat to pull roasting chestnuts from a fire for the pair to eat. However, as the cat removes the … Continue reading this entry

EEOC's Select Task Force Study of Harassment Provides Robust Training Guidance

Last month the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued a long-awaited report. That report is a four-part, 88-page document — meaning digesting the report is a hefty task. Fortunately, the Task Force also issued an Executive Summary that provides an excellent overview and makes wading through the findings … Continue reading this entry

Lust Not Required for Sexual Harassment

The Department of the Army lost its argument that its supervisor could not have sexually harassed his subordinate because he was not sexually attracted to her. Civilian employee Ruth Rosario alleged that her Army supervisor teased her about her panties every day for more than a year. He mocked her. He made faces behind her … Continue reading this entry

Derogatory and Vulgar Language Can Create a Hostile Work Environment, Even if Not Directed at a Particular Employee

In Reeves v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., (11th Circuit, January 20, 2010), the employee, who worked as a transportation sales representative in a shipping company, claimed that she was subjected to a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII. Although not directed at or referring to the employee, she overheard her male co-workers refer … Continue reading this entry