1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.


Jennifer Koch

Oct. 01, 1998

Sexual harassment is in the news every week. And on June 26, the topic made news again, as the United States Supreme Court issued rulings on the final two cases in a trio of sexual harassment lawsuits this year — the first of which was ruled on March 4 — having important implications for employers and HR managers.

In one case ruling, for the first time since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, employer liability for sexual harassment between members of the same gender was clearly defined. In another case ruling, sexual harassment by supervisors has been outlawed, and in the third case ruling, an employee can now sue an employer for harassment, even if the employee suffered no tangible job loss because of the misconduct.

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