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Single comment doesn’t justify hostile environment case

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Rest easy: As long as you take appropriate action to stop racially charged comments, the first one won’t land you in court. The key is to take every complaint seriously and immediately investigate any complaints. Then discipline the person who made the comments and warn against further comments.

Recent case: Stephon, who is black, worked for a state tax agency. He filed a suit over several issues without a lot of detail, adding an incident in which a co-worker created a hostile environment.

He made the claim based on the co-worker advising him not to let “anyone at the agency call him a mulignan”—an Italian slur against blacks.

The court tossed out the case. The single comment wasn’t enough to create a racially hostile environment. (Harris v. New York State Department of Taxation, No. 1:13-CV- 893, ND NY, 2015)

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Stephon Harris June 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm

You are talking about me and you are providing half truths. It was 3 workers and they all happen to be my bosses and you left out how one tried to get me to destroy data on Barbra Billets computer. So if you are going to comment get your facts correct. This is an example of how racist the system is you don’t know the whole truth you just know what they feed you. The whole purpose is to keep out of because is Corruption and Ethic in a state where its Governor abolish the Ethics Commission. Do you think Joseph L Bruno and Sheldon Silver are only state employee’s that take advantage of there position?


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