Never ignore harassment in your workplace. The case: An employer didn’t stop harassment between a divorced couple (both employees) because it viewed the situation as a marital dispute. The woman reported the harassment, but the employer told both employees to keep their private business out of the office. When the woman pushed her ex-husband during an incident of harassment, she was fired for violating company rules on physical contact. She sued. The court found that although the termination was not motivated by discrimination, it was still unlawful because her conduct resulted largely from the employer’s failure to stop known, ongoing harassment. (Excel Corp. v. Bosley, No. 97-3505, 8th Cir., 1999)
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