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7th Circuit Rules Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Gave Employer Sufficient Notice

sbyers.jpgIn a recent decision handed down by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court ruled that the Plaintiff had given sufficient notice of same-sex sexual harassment by reporting allegations to on-site managers, rather than following the employer's policy for reporting such allegations, which required such allegations to be reported to HR or a corporate executive. Thus, the employer had sufficient notice of the co-worker harassment such that it could be held liable for negligence in failing to remedy the workplace harassment. Given this development in sexual harassment case precedent, employers should review their policies, including their anti-harassment policies, carefully to make sure proper reporting procedures are in place.

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