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Race Discrimination 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Dutchess Co. Pizzerias Subjected Hispanic Employees to a Hostile Work Environment Because of Their National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - A small group of pizzeria restaurants based in Wappinger Falls and...more

The “Knife’s Edge”: Second Circuit Dulls the Standard of Proof Needed for a Hostile Work Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Second Circuit recently reversed a district court’s dismissal of a hostile work environment claim brought by a Muslim plaintiff. In-house counsel and human resources executives should take heed of this decision, which...more

Labor and Employment Group News: A Single Racist Comment Can Create a Hostile Work Environment

by Murtha Cullina on

On April 25th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers New York, Connecticut and Vermont, clarified that a single incident can suffice to state a claim for a discriminatory hostile work...more

One Racial Slur Constitutes Harassment?

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has again opened the door to questions about hostile work environment and racial harassment. The particular question addressed in this court decision was...more

With N Word, Once is Enough. Second Circuit Rules on Hostile Environment Case

Is a single incident enough for a hostile work environment claim? It is in the Second Circuit. In Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources, Inc., the court held that one racial epithet was sufficiently severe, by itself, to create...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we saw several developments in the area of race discrimination in employment, including a Second Circuit decision that has generated media coverage and commentary. The Second Circuit’s ruling reversed a lower court...more

FCRA Retaliation Claims Require Proof of But-For Causation According to Fourth DCA

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In an en banc decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Palm Beach Cty. Sch. Bd. v. Wright, Case No. 4D16–112, WL 1278072 (Fla. 4th DCA Apr. 5, 2017), the court adopted a new standard on causation for Florida Civil...more

Direct Evidence of Racist Remarks Dooms Employer Motion for Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Tennessee denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an African-American employee’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims under Title VII and state law. The decision was based in...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Employment Discrimination: Hostile Work Environments, Disparate Treatment and Retaliation

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Hostile work environments require both prompt and effective responses from employers. Efrain Reynaga v. Roseburg Forest Products - Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (January 26, 2017) - Courts have long...more

EEOC Sues Hiatt & Mason Enterprises For Racial Harassment

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charges - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, violated federal law when it subjected...more

Co-worker’s racial statements may support discrimination claim

by McAfee & Taft on

As a recent ruling by a Tulsa federal court shows, an employer may be held liable for the racial bias and conduct of its employees, even if those employees do not work in a decision-making capacity within the company....more

EEOC Sues JL Schwieters Construction For Severe Race Harassment

Supervisor Threatened Black Workers With Gun and Noose, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Hugo, Minn., construction company violated federal civil rights law by subjecting African-American employees to a hostile...more

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