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Sex-Specific Profanity Drives Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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The full 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that gender-specific profanities could support a female employee's hostile environment sexual harassment claim, even if the words were not directed at her.

 

Case Background

The workplace in question was replete with vulgar language, including liberal use of "f***" (and variations of it) and "a**hole."  The female employee who filed suit was one of only two women at the branch, and they worked in separate areas.  She identified gender-derogatory language, including "b*tch," "f***ing b*tch," "f***ing wh*r*," "crack wh*r*," and "c*nt."  Although these words were not directed at the employee, she couldn't help but overhear her co-workers and supervisors use such language to refer to or to insult the other female employee and other individual females with whom they spoke on the phone.  On top of that, her co-workers tuned the office radio to a crude morning radio...(register to read more)

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