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Don’t tolerate ‘reverse harassment’ of supervisors

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Just as supervisors aren’t allowed to harass subordinates, subordinates aren’t allowed to harass bosses.

Recent case: Bernadine, who is African-American, supervised several men from Somalia. When she criticized a subordinate, she alleged that they would ignore her, call her a “bitch” or worse and generally harass her with offensive comments.

Bernadine complained, but her supervisor—who worked out of a different office—chalked it up to a poor management style and a personal dislike for Bernadine.

Bernadine was fired for poor performance when her subordinates failed to meet their goals. She sued, alleging she had endured a hostile work environment.

The court said her case could go to trial despite her supervisor’s argument that the problem was nothing more than employees’ lack of respect for a poor supervisor. (Stewart v. Rise, No. 13-3579, 8th Cir., 2015)

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