Get in the zone: AutoZone avoids liability in sexual harassment case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Michigan employers) has held that liability cannot be imputed to an employer for a manager's alleged sexual harassment when the manager lacked decision-making authority over the employee. Further, even if a manager or supervisor possesses decision-making authority over an aggrieved employee, the employer may escape liability for sexual harassment if (1) it exercised reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct sexually harassing behavior and (2) the aggrieved employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer. Read More...