Imputing ugly staff conduct to the employer
Abstract: When an African-American woman moved to a company’s Inside Sales department, she found that her co-workers routinely referred to women in sexually and racially derogatory terms. She complained to her superiors, including the company president. Some steps were taken to halt the harassment, yet it persisted. The key question before the court was whether the harassment could be imputable to the employer. Had it done enough to try to stop the abusive behavior?