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Hostile Environment

Words Matter: The Third Circuit Clarifies That a Single Racial Slur in the Workplace May Be Enough to State a Hostile Work...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Telling African-American employees “that if they had ‘n—– rigged’ the fence, they would be fired” may be enough, standing alone, to state a hostile work environment claim....more

GNT Foods Sued By EEOC For Racial Harassment and Retaliation

African-American Employees Subjected Daily to Racial Epithets and Fired for Complaining and Taking Part in EEOC Investigation, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - G.N.T, Inc., doing business as GNT Foods, a grocery store...more

EEOC Sues Golden Corral for Disability, Sexual Harassment and Discharge

Restaurant Violated Federal Law by Permitting a Hostile Work Environment and Forcing an Autistic Employee to Quit to Escape Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral...more

Employment Law Commentary, August 2017, Volume 29, Issue 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Third Circuit has recently taken steps to resolve inconsistent precedent regarding the standard for pleading hostile work environment harassment. In Castleberry v. STI Group, decided in July, the Third Circuit held for...more

JL Schwieters Construction to Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit

Company Subjected Black Employees to Noose, Threats and Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

Third Circuit Says No Section 1983 Claim Under ADA Or Title VII

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Williams v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, No. 16-4383. 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16618 (3rd Cir. Aug. 30, 2017), the Third Circuit joined all the other circuits that have visited the issue and ruled that alleged...more

Ineligible Coach On The Field – Assessing Whether Restrictions Are Enforceable In Contracts

With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. Shoop traded in his blue and...more

Employer's 'Solicitous Treatment' of Alleged Perpetrator May Create a Hostile Environment for Coworker/Victim

Can an employer’s perceived preferential treatment of an alleged rapist create a hostile work environment for the female employee who reported the rape? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a jury should...more

EEOC Sues Maritime Autowash for Race And national Origin Discrimination and Retaliation

Car Wash Subjected Hispanic Workers to 'Separate and Unequal' Wages and Working Conditions, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Maritime Autowash, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected a class of workers to a...more

NAIS and TABS Release Their First Task Force Report on Addressing Educator Sexual Misconduct

by Littler on

On August 22, 2017, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) released their first joint report on sexual misconduct in independent schools. The report can be found...more

Private Prison GEO Group to Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Lawsuit

Female Correctional Officer Sexually Harassed and Retaliated Against, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX, Ariz. - The GEO Group, Inc., operator of the Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) in Florence, Ariz., will pay...more

Eighth Circuit Says Racist Comment Not Justification for Terminating Striking Worker

Under most employers’ anti-discrimination and harassment policies, an employee who makes overt racist comments toward a co-worker would likely face termination. In addition to the moral and ethical purposes behind such...more

Not Just Sticks and Stones: When Should Employers Step In?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Private employers can face competing obligations when it comes to responding to employees’ expressive conduct. Employee rights may collide with employer obligations to maintain a safe and harassment-free...more

One Racial Slur is One Too Many, Rules Third Circuit

by LeClairRyan on

Is a single racial slur by an employee’s supervisor enough to create a hostile work environment under § 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866?  The answer is yes according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in...more

A Word To The Wise: Castleberry v. STI Group And The Expansion Of Liability For Hostile Work Environments

In David Lynch’s film Dune, a character proclaims that the protagonist “can kill with a word.” Although not quite as dramatic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that an employer can...more

Canada: Ontario Court Reconfirms Existence of a Standalone Tort for Harassment

by Littler on

In Merrifield v. The Attorney General of Canada et al., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently reconfirmed the existence of the standalone tort of harassment. In this case, the Plaintiff (an officer with the Royal...more

Employer Beware: Bad “Optics” Create Hostile Work Environment?

Yesterday, I posted about a disability discrimination case that the employer did not really screw up. Even so, a few less-than-optimal moves resulted in an adverse jury verdict that was upheld on appeal. In Chapter 2 of...more

Gavel to Gavel: Protecting the workplace from harassment

by GableGotwals on

No employer wants to subject a business to liability for workplace harassment. Not only can a harassment judgment prove costly to the business’s bottom line, workplace harassment can cost businesses plenty in the areas of...more

Employment Law - July 2017 #2

Union Posters Crossed the Line, Eighth Circuit Rules - Why it matters - A group of Jimmy John’s workers lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with a disloyal poster campaign, the U.S. Court of...more

Single Racial Slur May Be Sufficient to Establish Workplace Harassment

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a single isolated use of a racial slur may be sufficient to establish unlawful workplace harassment. Background and Analysis: On July 14, 2017, a...more

Pennsylvania employers beware: One slur by a supervisor can now create a hostile work environment.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a single extreme act of discrimination can produce an actionable hostile work environment claim. In doing so, the court clarified that the legal standard for such claims requires that an...more

Workplace Harassment 101

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

One lesson companies of all sizes can learn from the sexual harassment claims that Uber is facing is that an employer needs to set clear restrictions on harassment and make a conscious effort to hold employees accountable to...more

Third Circuit Reminds Employers That an Isolated Act of Harassment Can Land Them in Hot Water

In a decision issued July 14, 2017, the Third Circuit clarified that to prevail on workplace harassment claims, plaintiffs must show that the conduct was “severe or pervasive”—not “severe and pervasive” or “pervasive and...more

Third Circuit: Isolated Act of Discrimination Can Create Hostile Work Environment

As employment lawyers, we frequently encounter misconceptions about what qualifies as a “hostile work environment.” It has nothing to do with whether a supervisor or co-worker is simply picking on or being mean to an employee...more

Third Circuit Holds that A Single Word Can Lead to Liability for Hostile Work Environment

Most employers take proactive steps to prevent and eliminate workplace harassment. Until recently, courts recognized and rewarded the proactive approach. Businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could avoid...more

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