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Hostile work environment

Just because not all of a co-worker’s sexually harassing comments were directed at the person who filed suit does not defeat a claim for a hostile work environment

In Sauer v. Beflog USA Group, the employe alleged that she was subject to crude, offensive conduct on a weekly basis over the course of six months. She felt intimidated, humiliated and unsafe at work. The employee complained that she experienced retaliation when the manager tried to get rid of her because she reported these incidents.

The employer objected that many of the alleged acts were directed to groups of people and not just this employee. The court ruled that the fact that others in the workplace were exposed to extensive sexual innuendo does not defeat her claim for a hostile work environment.

Pamela A. Smith
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