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September 20, 2016

Inadequate investigation by employer supports employee’s Title VII claim that the employees’ supervisors used the n-word

Inadequate investigation by employer supports employee’s Title VII claim that the employees’ supervisors used the n-word
Posted in Wolters Kluwer's WorkDay

Denying summary judgment on an African-American employee’s Title VII hostile work environment claim, a federal court in New York held that a jury could find that the repeated use of the n-word against him by two first line supervisors was severe and pervasive, that the employer’s investigation was inadequate, and that it should therefore be vicariously liable. However, the employee’s remaining discrimination and retaliation claims failed, largely because the record was clear that he was terminated because he failed to turn in FMLA paperwork and he accepted a better-paying job Holt v. Dynaserv Industries, Inc..

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