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Employers' Liability for Sexual Harassment

A Washington court recently ruled on this matter.

• A Washington state appeals court ruled that the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle was liable for handicap discrimination and negligent supervision of a supervisor who sexually harassed a female employee. The archdiocese maintains a conference facility that hired a female housekeeper. A few years later, the archdiocese hired a male as director of maintenance at the facility. The housekeeper alleged that the new maintenance director began sexually harassing her shortly after he began his job. The harassment consisted of numerous sexually explicit and offensive statements. The maintenance director eventually was fired. At about this same time, the housekeeper injured her hand while working, and had to have surgery. Following the surgery, the housekeeper returned to work for a brief time before she underwent a second surgery. When she left for this second surgery, she alleged that her new ...

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  • November 2, 1992

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