Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc.

Allegation: Rumor spreads at Sterling, Va. warehouse that an employee was promoted only because of her sexual relationship with a higher-ranking manager. The highest-ranking manager at the facility helped to spread the rumor, barred her (but not her paramour) from attending a mandatory all-staff meeting where the rumor was discussed, and told her he’d no longer recommend her for promotions. She’s later fired. Fourth Circuit: Because “traditional negative stereotypes regarding the relationship between the advancement of women in the workplace and their sexual behavior stubbornly persist in our society,” she might very well have suffered harassment because she is a woman. The case shouldn’t have been dismissed.

Tags: 2019, Discrimination, EEOC, Fourth Circuit, Harassment, Title VII

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