Compliments on dress and hair don’t equal sex harassment

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A female supervisor repeatedly complimented a female customer service rep on her choice of jewelry, clothing and hairstyle. The rep sued, alleging the constant comments were harassing and constituted a hostile work environment based on sex. A district court tossed out the case, saying the compliments didn't add up to severe or pervasive conduct. Final note: The court observed that sexual harassment claims by women against women "are about as common as a baseball post-season that includes the Cubs and the Red Sox." (Mann v. Lima, No. 02-088S, D.R.I., 2003)

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