A female Dallas police officer complained that a co-worker touched her and called her “darling.” A quick internal investigation led to a warning and counseling for the co-worker. It never happened again.
Still, the officer sued for sexual harassment. The court tossed out the case, saying the conduct hadn’t been severe and it was fixed right after she complained. (Magiera v. City of Dallas, ND TX)
Lesson: Employers that act quickly seldom lose sexual harassment lawsuits if their action stops the harassment.
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