Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

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HR to the Rescue: Prompt Investigation Beats EEOC’s Sex Harassment Claim

Don’t listen to all the doubters – HR truly can save the day. A recent federal court decision from the Western District of Tennessee illustrates the point again: prompt and appropriate investigation of a sexual harassment complaint can prevent employer liability. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Autozone, Inc. and Autozoners, LLC (collectively, “Autozone”), the … Continue Reading

The Full Monty is Still Full-on Sexual Harassment—The Tenth Circuit Gets It Right

From the “You’d Think This Would Be Obvious” file in August, the Tenth Circuit reversed a district court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of an employer in a case in which a male employee allegedly exposed his genitals to several co-workers on multiple occasions. The plaintiff, Ms. Yvonne Macias, worked at the Southwest Cheese … Continue Reading

Think Fast: HR’s Prompt Investigation Key Factor in Sexual Harassment Case Win for Employer

A recent ruling from a Tennessee appeals court reinforces that a prompt and reasonable investigation can help save an employer from liability in response to sexual harassment charges. In a July 30, 2015 opinion, the Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to an employer in Patricia Bazemore’s sexual harassment, hostile work … Continue Reading

Give Them a Pinch, and They’ll Take a Mile: Eighth Circuit Affirms Employer’s Summary Judgment in Male on Male Sexual Harassment Suit

On December 2, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment on behalf of Swedish Match North America, Inc. in a case in which its former male salesperson, Donald Rickard, claimed he suffered age and sex discrimination from his male supervisor (who was one year younger than Rickard). Rickard had an “antagonistic” relationship with … Continue Reading

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Receives Additional Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

In August, a judge awarded former Jackson State University (JSU) head coach, Denise Taylor, $200,000 in damages for “emotional pain and suffering” she endured during her employment. Taylor was the head women’s basketball coach at JSU for 10 seasons before she was fired in 2011. She filed the lawsuit against the university on January 24, … Continue Reading
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