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

On July 13, 2013, in an unpublished decision, the Second Court of Appeal reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a sexual harassment case on the grounds that plaintiff had not adequately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,