Lynne Barrett told seven other employees, the CEO's son and two lawyers that her supervisor sexually harassed her. But she never reported the misconduct to any of the 12 managers designated to receive harassment complaints. When the company learned of the harassment on its own, it promptly fired the supervisor. Barrett sued anyway, but the court said she wasn't entitled to damages because she had failed to report the misconduct. The court brushed off her argument that she didn't file a claim because she feared retaliation. (Barrett v. The Applied Radiant Energy Corp., No. 99-2597, 4th Cir., 2001)
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