Workplace harassment: The Maetta Vance case

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , New York Times
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 6:37 PM

The Supreme Court should overturn an appellate court’s narrow, unfair definition of a supervisor.

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FrankLDec. 4, 12 8:06 AM

Seems like the 7th is correct, every organization has an organization chart, there's the answer to who is a supervisor.

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hobie2Dec. 4, 1211:25 AM

Slippery slope - if the 7th is upheld, every company in the country will put hire and fire decisions in the hands of HR, HR will fire based on performance reviews by co workers directing the work, and be forever safe from any discrimination lawsuit ever... (Scalia and Thomas will uphold in spite of the obvious.)

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mouthwashDec. 4, 1212:35 PM

Whatever the facts in this particular case, sometimes people do make stories up about sexual or non-sexual harassment in order to try and leach big settlements from the applicable corporate coffers.

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FrankLDec. 4, 12 2:27 PM

Hate to tell you hobie2, but the process in a company is that firing decisions go through HR by going through the proper process. In the real world, managers can't act like Donald Trump and tell someone "you're fired".

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chuckdancerDec. 4, 12 5:13 PM

I think an employer is responsible for the work environment no matter what the status of the harrasser. The employer should have to prove that the complaintant did not report the offending actions or that the complaintant unreasonably failed to cooperate in resolving the issues.

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