The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided once and for all that female employees don’t have to put up with workplace behavior that makes them uncomfortable under the pretense of a supervisor being friendly and welcoming.
The court recently issued a stinging rebuke to the idea that a male supervisor can greet a female subordinate with a good morning hug and kiss.
Recent case: Victoria worked for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. She claimed her boss regularly greeted her by giving her a hug and kissing her. By her count, this happened at least one hundred times over a 12-year period.
She sued, alleging sexual harassment and a sexually hostile work environment.
The lower court bought the sheriff’s argument that his embraces were nothing more than friendly gestures. Since it only happened a dozen times a year or so, the court said the greetings could not be objectively perceived as hostile or pervasive.
Victoria appealed. Th...(register to read more)