Anonymous Harassment

The 7th District Court recently upheld a $4.2 million dollar fine against Chrysler for failing to root out the culprits who were spraying ethnic slurs and leaving nails under the tires of a pipefitter’s car.  Otto May, a Cuban Jew, had worked for the car company for 22 years when he brought a suit against his employer for allowing a “hostile work environment”.  Because the offensive behavior, although anonymous, went on for a long time, the court found that Chrysler had not worked hard enough to identify the guilty employees.

An employer is considered to have adequately responded to harassment claims if it undertakes a course of action “reasonably likely to end the harassment.”   If you don’t root out the illegal secretive behavior, you may be guilty by association.

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