Hostile Environment Vicarious Liability

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Court finds employer not vicariously liable for actions of employees against other employees

In Palmer & Ors v State of Queensland [2015] QDC 63, a determination by Judge McGill of the Brisbane District Court delivered on 27 March 2015 determined that the employer, Disability Services Queensland, took all reasonable...more

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad: NJ High Court Offers Employers Avenue to Limit Vicarious Liability in Harassment Suits; But...

In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted an affirmative defense—available under federal law since 1998—allowing employers to use their anti-harassment policies to limit vicarious...more

N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided two key issues affecting claims of supervisory hostile work environment sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Aguas v. State of New...more

New Jersey high court decision will reshape employer liability in sexual harassment cases

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a significant sexual harassment decision that offers something positive for both employers and employees. Employers will be happy that the Court has, after...more

The Supreme Court Narrows The Definition Of “Supervisor” – The Cat’s Meow For Corporations

Ellen Tabby, an African-American, has worked for Binge and Purr, a cat food manufacturing company, for several years....more

The Supreme Court Clarifies Who Is a Supervisor Under Title VII

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided what the definition of a "supervisor" is for purposes of assessing liability for unlawful harassment under Title VII. The Court ruled that an employer will be vicariously...more

Are You My Supervisor?

Late last month, the Supreme Court considered whether and when a co-worker can be deemed a supervisor for purposes of evaluating if the employer is strictly liable for that person’s harassment of another employee....more

Who Is Really A Supervisor? Employer Liability For Hostile Work Environment Claims

The Supreme Court recently held oral arguments in the case Vance v. Ball State University, 646 F.3d 461 (7th Cir. 2011), which addresses the meaning of a "supervisor" in hostile work environment claims. If the Court applies...more

Who Is a “Supervisor” Under Title VII and Why You Should Care

Oral Argument in Vance v. Ball State University Takes an Unexpected Turn - Late last month the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Vance v. Ball State University, No. 11-556. The issue that Vance is expected to...more

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