Can labor unions be sued for sexual harassment? (Spoiler alert: Yes, and they are costly!)

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When most people think of federal anti-discrimination laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they associate them with employees suing employers for things like discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environments.

But Title VII covers more than just employers.

For example, Title VII outlaws any employment practice of a labor organization that discriminates against any individual because of his race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

A Midwest labor union learned this lesson the hard way.

Last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the union, claiming it failed to take action against its

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