Gender-Based Lies Get Employer in Hot Water
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Gender-Based Lies Get Employer in Hot Water

A female employee sued her former employer claiming she suffered a gender-based hostile work environment, retaliation and discriminatory termination under Title VII. At issue in the case was whether a false rumor that a female employee slept with her male boss to obtain a promotion can ever give rise to her employer’s liability under Title VII for discrimination “because of sex.” The Fourth Circuit responded in the affirmative underscoring the dangers of workplace gossip and that should not be taken lightly. The court specifically held, the employee alleged that the workplace harassment she suffered was gender-based, she experienced severe or pervasive harassment, and she failed to exhaust her discriminatory termination claim with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Parker v Reema Consulting Services Inc