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Don’t sweat new supervisor’s one-time demeaning act

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New supervisors don’t always manage their subordinates as well as more experienced managers. They’re going to make some mistakes along the way. And not every early mistake will mean a winning lawsuit for the subordinate. As the following case shows, it takes more than one stupid move to create a hostile environment.

Recent case:
Ariel Ayubo alleged that his supervisor created a racially hostile environment. The only basis for his claim was an incident in which the supervisor spoke to Ayubo in a condescending way and forced him to sit “isolated and with his hands folded, and endure humiliation as he was treated like a child.”

Being forced to endure the equivalent of a timeout wasn’t enough to warrant a hostile environment lawsuit. The case was dismissed. (Ayubo v. City of Edgewater, et al., No. 6:08-CV-1197, MD FL, 2009)

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