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Jilted co-worker causes employer to be liable to the “jilter” for sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination happens in many different circumstances. Consider a reported federal court case out of Puerto Rico where a female employee rejected a male co-worker’s sexual advances. The disgruntled man, intent on revenge, began to persistently lobby their supervisor to get rid of her.  The employer eventually fired the female employee for supposed performance issues.  The employer ended up facing liability because it allowed the jilted co-worker to achieve his malicious goal.  The facts indicated that the supervisor knew, or reasonably should have known, the jilted co-worker’s motivation.  Where a supervisor allows a spurned employee’s hostility to influence the decision to fire another employee, the employer can be held liable for sex discrimination.  Velazquez-Perez v. Developers Diversified Realty Corp.


Pamela A. Smith
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