Williams v NY.docx - Riley Kennedy BLR 222WI 5:00 T\/TH A Case Name Williams v New York B Facts Plaintiffs were African Americans employed by a housing

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Riley Kennedy BLR 222WI 5:00 T/TH 12/5/17 A. Case Name Williams v. New York B. Facts Plaintiffs were African Americans employed by a housing project in New York. When they walked into a supervisor’s office there was a noose handing on the wall of the office. When confronted the supervisor apologized and removed the noose saying it was a joke. The Plaintiffs filed a hostile environment claim under Title VII. C. Issue WHETHER THE SINGLE INCIDENT OF HANGING OF A NOOSE ON THE WALL OF A SUPERVISOR’S OFFICE COULD BE SEVERE OR PERVASIVE ENOUGH TO ALTER THE CONDITIONS OF PLAINTIFF’S EMPLOYMENT? D. Holding “YES” IT COULD BE SEVERE ENOUGH. E. Rationale The noose is among the most repugnant of all racist symbols. It represents a history of violence against African Americans. From 1882 to 1968 at least 3446 African Americans died at the hands of a mob using a noose. Sociologists said “lynching was employed to maintain

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