Third Circuit: Employee’s Refusal to Report Sexual Harassment Does Not Bar Claims Against Employer


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July 3, 2018


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In Minarsky v. Susquehanna Cty., the Third Circuit Court of Appeal recently rejected the notion that an employee’s refusal to report sexual harassment automatically invalidated the employee’s harassment claim against the employer. There, the employee’s supervisor made unwanted sexual advances towards her and other women for years.  The supervisor was reprimanded for incidents involving other women, but no further action was taken against him.  In this case, the employee did not report her supervisor’s conduct for fear of losing her job.  The County later terminated the supervisor after discovering the persistent harassment of the employee. Subsequently, the employee sued.