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POP QUIZ: IS THIS PRIEST "CHURLISH" OR CRIMINAL?

Scenario: Your job requires you to work with a parish priest on outreach programs. In the course of your work with Father Nutt, he twice asks you to "watch pornographic movies with him and 'to jerk off with him' to relieve stress" (which you decline), kisses you on the mouth, grabs your buttocks, grabs your thigh and reaches for your genitals.

You file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC and your case lands in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Which of the following decisions does the 8th Circuit take?

(a) The court affirms a prima facie case of hostile environment sexual harassment that affected the term, condition or privilege of your employment

OR

(b)  The court holds that you failed to establish the existence of a trial-worthy question of fact on your hostile work environment claim because Father Nutt's behavior did not rise to the level of actionable hostile work environment sexual harassment.

Mike Fox has the answer and the whole story, here, on Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer.

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 27, 2005 at 07:52 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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