Can you be sexually harassed behind your back?

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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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