In Smith v. Rock-Tenn Services, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a sexual harassment plaintiff, agreeing with the apparent finding of the jury that the employer had ample notice of the problem and failed to take appropriate measures to stop it. This shouldn’t be a newsworthy ruling, but there have been too many cases in which courts have given a free pass to employers who have failed miserably in satisfying their legal obligation to maintain a non-discriminatory work environment. So when the law gets enforced properly—and the workplace is made safer and more equal for everyone—it is worth a tip of the hat.
Joanna L. Grossman,
Protection Against Sexual Harassment is Alive and Well in the Sixth Circuit VERDICT
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