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Friday, June 20, 2014

What constitutes hostile work environment in the 7th Circuit?

Calling a black man the n-word and "boy," slamming a tray into his chest, and making a mess for him to clean up isn't harassment, says the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles cases from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. His termination wasn't discrimination, because he was "keyed up" and "acting strangely," which justified his being fired. This decision shows how differently issues are handled in different federal circuits. I'll bet this would have been considered discrimination in the 9th Circuit covering California, or the 2nd Circuit covering New York. http://1.usa.gov/SXnVQX

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