Pop quiz: Can an employer ignore harassment or other discriminatory behavior directed at employees by non-employees?
If your answer is “yes,” you’d be in agreement with the court in Shaw v. Access Ohio (Ohio Ct. App. 7/27/18).
You’d also be dead wrong.
Elaine Barrow, an African-American, worked as a counselor for a Medicaid-funded mental health and substance abuse treatment center. She claimed that two Caucasian residents (Donnie and Travis) subjected her a racially hostile work environment, and further that her employer ignored it.
She alleged that around Halloween, two Caucasian residents known as Donnie and Travis painted a skeleton black