Four Takeaways from an Unusual Sexual Harassment Case

In a recent column for Corporate Compliance Insights, LeClairRyan attorney Thomas C. Regan discusses litigation revolving around allegations that a supervisor failed to properly respond to sexual harassment of an employee by a non-employee. Tom provides insight to help employers understand their potential liability and avoid getting ensnared in similar situations:

“The #MeToo movement has hammered home for employers the critical importance of keeping sexual harassment out of the workplace. However, a recent federal court case underscores how sexual harassment can occur in ways that defy what many employers might think of as the typical pattern. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania comes in a case that has nothing to do with a male boss or co-worker behaving inappropriately with a female colleague. It hinges instead on allegations that a supervisor failed to properly respond to sexual harassment of an employee by a non-employee. 

“That might bring to mind the Hollywood trope of a hardworking waitress forced to regularly endure catcalls or worse by a male customer, but Hewitt v. BS Transportation defies even this familiar scenario. It involves a lawsuit over alleged male-to-male sexual harassment in the world of big rigs and fuel refineries.”

Read the full article at Corporate Compliance Insights here.

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