Employers in the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, recently got a reminder that courts have long memories when it comes to sexual harassment cases based on an allegedly hostile work environment.
At issue are the timing limitations Title VII of the Civil Rights Act places on sexual harassment claims. Like other EEOC claims, employees generally have 180 days to file their complaints.
In Turner v. The Saloon Ltd. (No. 07-2449, 7th Cir., 2010), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit recently ruled that in a sexual harassment claim based on a hostile work environment, if at least one act of alleged harassment occurred within 180 days of an EEOC filing, courts can consider the entire time period of the hostile environment in determining an employer’s liability.
Female on male harassment
The 7th Circuit decided that, in Turner, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had improperly exclude...(register to read more)