Can you be sexually harassed behind your back?


It may seem obvious, but the Fourth Circuit ruled in Pueschel v. Peters, 577 F.3d 558 (4th Cir. 2009) that alleged sexually derogatory statements that took place while the plaintiff-employee was away from work on medical leave could not form the basis of a hostile work environment claim--because the plaintiff was not even present in the work environment.

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