Was the boss "merely crude", or was he sexually harassing her?

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When is sexual conduct bad enough to be sexual harassment? The Fourth Circuit dealt with this issue in EEOC v. Fairbrook Medical Clinic (4th Cir. 2010). A male supervisor doctor sexually harassed a female doctor, and the trial court concluded the sexual conduct was not severe and frequent enough--it was merely crude behavior. The Fourth Circuit reversed and concluded the conduct was of a sexual nature, and it was severe and frequent enough. The Fourth Circuit discussed in some detail when conduct rises to the level of being unlawful sexual harassment.

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