You would think that employees would typically have a tough time proving that a bully's behavior amounted to sexual harassment under Title VII because that behavior was not of a sexual nature or motivated by an animus towards the employees because of their sex. In a 2005 lawsuit, the 9th Circuit had a different take — it took the "sexual" out of sexual harassment. That suit has since turned into a settlement of $750,000 for the employees.
The Non-Sexual Behavior
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) lawsuit, filed on behalf of three female employees, alleged that a manager subjected them to abusive treatment on a daily basis. He allegedly screamed and yelled at the employees with little or no provocation, used profanity, and frequently berated them in front of others. The manager would turn bright red with bulging neck veins as he screamed, coming so close the employees would often feel his saliv...(register to read more)