You’re Damned if Your Supervisor Has “No Bra Thursday” or “Mini Skirt Monday”

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Personnel Policy Fun, Rogue Employees, Sexual Harassment

Here’s a very interesting read from a fellow blogger, Attorney Jon Hyman, who has an excellent blog on employment law in Ohio: http://www.ohioemployerlawblog.com/2011/08/if-your-workplace-has-no-bra-thursday.html

As you can read from the post and the attached complaint, the employee alleges that her supervisor asked her sign a note agreeing that he could sexually harass her.

It should go without saying that an employee cannot be forced to waive her rights against sexual harassment. In limited circumstances, participation in sexual banter can be a defense to a sexual harassment claim, but it’s really a defense of last resort, because it is an admission of a sexually charged atmosphere. Moreover, even if an employee seems to participate in sexual banter or jokes or whatnot, the employee may feel that there is no choice other than to play along. Or, the employee may be terminated and suddenly find the banter offensive and hostile.

The takeaway is obvious. Don’t tolerate any kind of sexual banter in the workplace, unless you want to try your luck explaining to a government agency, judge or jury why it was okay to do so.

If you have any questions about sexual harassment, call me at 617.338.7000.

By Adam P. Whitney

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