Third Circuit Clarifies Definition of Management-Level Employee in Harassment Claims


On June 8, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down a decision that may narrow employers' liability in hostile work environment claims involving co-worker harassment. In Huston v. Procter & Gamble Paper Products Corp., the Third Circuit held that an employee with mere supervisory authority does not qualify as a "management-level" employee and therefore the supervisory employee's knowledge of alleged co-worker harassment is not imputed to the employer.

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