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Whoa! Never saw that one coming! You’re not responsible for aberrant crime

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Unless it’s obvious that an em­­ployer acted maliciously by purposely setting out to harm an employee, chances are it won’t be held responsible for the consequences of a co-worker’s crime.

After all, some criminal behavior just isn’t predictable. Courts only expect employers to follow the law when it comes to protecting employees from harm.

Recent case: Michelle, who is black, was an adjunct instructor for Suffolk County Community College. She worked there for many years while she earned several advanced degrees, including a doctoral degree.

Over the years, Michelle had complained that college administrators routinely referred to black employees as “you people” and made offensive comments about black women. She also claimed her supervisor questioned how she could have earned a doctorate in three years. This, she claimed, was evidence of a racially hostile work environment.

When a full-time position opened up in her field of ...(register to read more)

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