6th Circuit Sets Boundaries for Hostile Work Environment Claims

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The 6th Circuit (which covers Michigan and Ohio employers) recently provided employers with fresh guidance on what workplace actions may be considered “based on sex” and how severe and frequent the circumstances must be to create liability for a hostile work environment claim.

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Nicole Massey began working for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) in 2004. She claimed her supervisor harassed her by commenting on her weight and body odor, and other employees referred to her as the “Queen of FMLA” (or the Family and Medical Leave Act). In addition, she alleged another

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