Title VII Hostile Environment

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -
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“Wailing and Cussing and Screaming and Hollering”—A “Singular Incident” or a Hostile Work Environment?

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected the sex discrimination, hostile work environment, constructive discharge, and retaliation claims that a graphic designer brought against her employer and two of her...more

Employment Newsletter - October 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Limits Who Qualifies as a “Supervisor” under Title VII

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State University, 133 S.Ct. 2434 (2013), issued one of the most important decisions on workplace harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act since it...more

"Boys will be Boys" A Risky Employment Policy

In a 10-6 decision following en banc review, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Boh Brothers Construction Co. L.L.C., that an iron worker...more

EEOC Sues Red Lobster for Sexual Harassment

Restaurant Subjected Female Employees to Egregious Sexual Harassment Including Grabbing and Groping, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE -GMRI, Inc., doing business as Red Lobster, subjected a class of female...more

Labor & Employment: Clarifying Employer Liability for Supervisors Under Title VII: Vance v. Ball State University

It is commonly known that discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin is illegal, and that employers should take care to reinforce these principles in the workplace. But knowledge...more

EEOC Sues Memphis Foods for Sexual Harassment of 16-Year-Old Female Employee

Federal Agency Charges KFC Store Manager Discriminated Against Minor - MEMPHIS - Memphis Foods LLC, the owner of a Memphis KFC restaurant, violated federal law by subjecting a teenage employee to sexual harassment and...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Sexual Harassment at Davis Typewriter Company

Agency Says Office Manager Used Security Cameras to Ogle Female Subordinate's Breasts - MINNEAPOLIS - A Worthington, Minn., office furniture and office supply company violated federal civil rights laws by permitting...more

White Employee Lacks Title VII Race Discrimination Claim In Paula Deen Case

Although most of the media attention surrounding Jackson v. Deen has focused on Paula Deen’s admission during a deposition that she used racial slurs, the underlying case presents an interesting legal question: Can a white...more

EEOC Sues Battaglia Distributing Company for Racial Discrimination

Company Defended Racial Slurs in the Workplace as 'Locker Room Talk,' Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO, Ill. - Battaglia Distributing Co., Inc., a Chicago wholesale food distributor located at 2500 South Ashland...more

Supreme Court Makes it Harder for Employees to Bring Suits Under Title VII

The Potential Implications for Educational Institutions - Last month, at the close of its October 2012 term, the Supreme Court issued two important rulings in Title VII employment discrimination cases that make it...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

Utah Employment Law Letter - June 2013: Race Discrimination: Irish vs. Hispanic: When is it reasonable to suspect illegal...

In the 1800s, Irish immigrants to the United States were looked down on and treated poorly. Indeed, they were so illtreated that saying someone had the “luck of the Irish” was a humorous way of saying that the person was...more

Joe-Ryan Enterprises to Pay $15,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Company Subjected Female Employee to Sexual Harassment, Resulting in Intolerable Work Environment Forcing Her to Resign, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -Joe-Ryan Enterprises, Inc., a trucking company located...more

Ostracism and Petty Mistreatments May Collectively Rise to the Level of Hostile Work Environment for Light Duty Employee

A female plumber on “light duty” in the city of Chicago’s Department of Sewers filed a lawsuit alleging that her supervisor assigned menial work to her, prohibited her co-workers from interacting with her, and subjected her...more

Utah Construction Company Pays $230,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Court Found Holmes & Holmes' Work Environment Was Hostile to Blacks - SALT LAKE CITY - Utah construction company Holmes & Holmes Industrial, Inc. will pay three former employees $230,000 and improve its future...more

Third Circuit "Clarifies" Continuing Violation Doctrine

In Mandel v. M & Q Packaging Corp., No. 11-3913, 2013 WL 141890 (3d Cir. Jan. 14, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit "clarified" the application of the continuing violation doctrine as defined by the U.S....more

EmployerLINC.com - February 8, 2013: Court enforces agreement to arbitrate

In a January 23, 2013 decision, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma continued a recent trend in Oklahoma cases enforcing arbitration clauses included in employment agreements or relationships....more

Are Courts Reluctant To Grant Summary Judgment In Hostile Work Environment Cases?

The Second Circuit has recently reiterated its hesitancy to permit summary judgment in hostile work environment claims that present ambiguities as to the sufficiency of plaintiff’s case. In Rivera v. Rochester Genesee Reg’l...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

Second Circuit Approves Post-Judgment Injunction Due To Unique Facts Of Sexual Harassment

EEOC v. KarenKim, Inc., No. 11-3309-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 19, 2012): The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit on behalf of female employees who worked at the defendant’s Oswego, New York grocery store. During...more

June in the Eleventh Circuit – a Trend?

Employers should take note of a handful of recent decisions issued by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in June...more

Gay Employee Could Proceed With Retaliation But Not Harassment Claim Under Title VII

Dawson v. Entek Int’l, 630 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 2011) Shane Dawson, a former temporary production line worker for Entek, ran a production line that rolled up battery separators. Dawson, who is gay, worked with 24 other...more

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