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 poorstyle and a personal dislike for Bernadine.
Bernadine was fired forwhen 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)