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When you have no control over harasser, treat it like co-worker harassment

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Employers have an obligation to protect their employees from sexual harassment from supervisors and co-workers—and also from customers or other outsiders. According to a recent 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, when the alleged harassment comes from customers and others over whom the employer has limited control, the rules regarding co-worker harassment apply.

Recent case: Lauren, who is white, worked for one school year as team manager of the Hofstra University football team. She was a graduate student at the university and was paid $1,000 for her team manager position.

Early on, she began complaining that the football players weren’t exactly polite young men. For example, she found a Facebook page that featured comments about Lauren and her boyfriend. She asked her boss to do something about the page.

Later, while Lauren was riding a bus with the team, the head coach allowed the players to watch a movie. She quickly bec...(register to read more)

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