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After firing boss accused of harassment, zip your lips

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If a court concludes that one of your supervisors created a hostile work environment, you probably don’t want to retain him. But don’t go overboard with the explanations.

Recent case: When a court upheld a group of female firefighters’ sexual harassment claims, the fire department’s board of directors voted to terminate the officials they believed were responsible for tolerating misbehavior. At a public meeting, two directors said they acted because the men created an environment rife with “hostile discrimination against female employees.”

After the fired supervisors read several online news articles that claimed two board members accused them of promoting a hostile environment, they sued, alleging that the board members had harmed their reputations.

The court tossed out the case after noting that the comments the board members made simply quoted the previous court’s decision. (Crews, et al., v. Monarch Fire Protection District, No. 13-3070, 8th Cir., 2014)

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