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Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment:
Faragher v. Boca Raton, Fla.

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Subjects: Sexual Harassment Policy

Argued: March 25, 1998

Decided: June 26, 1998
Vote: 7-2
At Issue: Whether an employer is financially liable for the sexual harassment of employees by supervisors under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Decision: By a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that an employer is potentially liable for harassment by a supervisor.

Read the full text of the Faragher v. Boca Raton, Fla., decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

The text of the 1997 lower court decision, Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, is available at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Web site.

See the specifics of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Web site.

Background from The Post
Court Draws Line on Harassment (June 27, 1998)
Liability, Not Labels (June 27, 1998)
For Employers, a Blunt Warning (June 27, 1998)
A Flicker of Hope for Paula Jones (June 27, 1998)
High Court Takes Up Harassment Cases (March 26, 1998)
Four Cases Address Parameters of Sexual Harassment (Feb. 8, 1998)
Court to Hear Supervisor Harassment Case (Nov. 15, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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