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Hugs and Kisses May Not Spur Affection in the Workplace

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

In a decision just two weeks after Valentine’s Day, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (“Ninth Circuit”) has ruled that hugs and kisses may decrease, rather than increase, feelings of affection in the workplace.  Specifically, the Ninth Circuit overturned a lower court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a county correctional officer who alleged… Continue Reading

Unpublished Court of Appeals Case Applies “Sufficiently Pervasive or Severe” Standard

Posted in Harassment, Labor Law

On July 13, 2013, in an unpublished decision, the Second Court of Appeal reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a sexual harassment case on the grounds that plaintiff had not adequately pleaded a “hostile environment” theory.  For those interested in understanding what employers should not do in response to a harassment or discrimination complaint,… Continue Reading