Court to Examine Workplace Harassment
A previously undecided employment issue has been brought before the Supreme Court-- employer liability for sexual harassment when an employee voluntarily quits their job and then claims harassment. The issue stems from the case of a Pennsylvania woman, Nancy Drew Suders, who claims that she felt forced to resign from her job as a state police dispatcher due to sexual harassment by male bosses. Stephen Bokat, Chamber general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has urged the court to rule against Suders because he feels that employers cannot be held liable for harassment if they are not made aware of it until months after it occurs. Suders claims that her attempts to complain to an Equal Employment Opportunity officer about the harassment she endured were not taken seriously.