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Porn at work: Don’t become drawn into “how obscene is too obscene” debate

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Question: When an employee says “No” to the sexual images posted in co-workers’ workstations and to their sexually laced comments, your company better listen … and act. It can’t become caught up in a debate over “how much” porn is acceptable. As a new lawsuit shows, even if an employee initially tolerates a sexually charged workplace, she can drop the lawsuit hammer at any time.

Case in Point: From the day Virginia Kurschinske began working at a Pennsylvania foundry, male workers displayed porn at the plant. But it initially didn’t offend her. Soon, however, male workers seemed to become engaged in a contest of showing Kurschinske their hard core porn. Her complaints to management increased.

Eventually, plant management went so far as to issue a ban on porn throughout the plant. But Kurschinske argued that her co-workers ignored the ban. She even alleged that the plant manger’s son openly disp...(register to read more)

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