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School Liable for Principal's Sexual Harassment of School Employees

Don't ignore accusations of sexual misconduct.

Key point. Churches may be liable for sexual harassment if they do not respond promptly and effectively to employee allegations of sexual harassment.

! A federal appeals court ruled that a church—operated school was guilty of sexual harassment as a result of its failure to address its principal's offensive behavior with several female employees. A denominational agency operated a residential school for emotionally and physically impaired children. Over the course of several years, the principal of the school was accused on many occasions of sexual harassment by female employees. There was substantial evidence that school officials were aware of many of these complaints. In 1993, school officials launched an investigation into the sexual harassment charges. They found that there was a significant basis to the harassment complaints. The school suspended the principal for five days ...

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  • November 3, 1997

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