DRJ's Spring 2019

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Spring Journal

Volume 32, Issue 1

Full Contents Now Available!

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:55

4 Takeaways From An Unusual Sexual Harassment Case

Preventing Legal Risks and Liabilities

The #MeToo movement has hammered home for employers the critical importance of keeping sexual harassment out of the workplace. However, a recent federal court case underscores how sexual harassment can occur in ways that defy what many employers might think of as the typical pattern. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania comes in a case that has nothing to do with a male boss or co-worker behaving inappropriately with a female colleague. It hinges instead on allegations that a supervisor failed to properly respond to sexual harassment of an employee by a non-employee.

That might bring to mind the Hollywood trope of a hardworking waitress forced to regularly endure catcalls or worse by a male customer, but Hewitt v. BS Transportation defies even this familiar scenario. It involves a lawsuit over alleged male-to-male sexual harassment in the world of big rigs and fuel refineries. In court documents, truck driver Carl Hewitt alleges that his supervisor at BS Transportation failed to take prompt remedial action in response to sexual harassment of Hewitt by a male worker at a fuel distribution company’s refinery. Hewitt routinely traveled to the Pennsylvania facility to pick up fuel bound for NASCAR racecars.

...

https://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/4-takeaways-from-an-unusual-sexual-harassment-case/