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Borderline harassment worry? Take it seriously before it escalates into a lawsuit

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There’s a fine line between horsing around and true sexual har­­ass­­ment. But if you ignore that line—or guess wrong about whether a supervisor has crossed the line—you may find yourself at the mercy of a jury.

The best approach is to investigate every complaint and take quick action even in borderline cases.

Recent case: John Cherry worked on a survey crew. Almost immediately, his male supervisor began making Cherry uncomfortable. He said his boss regularly complimented his looks. Plus, Cherry said, the supervisor brushed up against him whenever the opportunity arose. Cherry claims he told the supervisor to keep his comments and his body to himself.

Then the text messages began. The first was a simple sexual proposition. A few days later came another:  “ur 2 sexy. U drive me in­­sane.” Other suggestive texts followed.

In addition, Cherry said the supervisor began touching him while they drove to survey sites, even going so...(register to read more)

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