mgmt 22 - Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc....

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Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. Supreme Court of the US, 1998 Facts: Joseph Oncale worked for Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc, as a roustabout on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. On several occasions he was forcibly subjected to sex-related, humiliating actions by three male crew members, tow of whom had supervisory authority over him. Oncale’s complaints to supervisory personnel produced no remedial action. Oncale eventually quit because o the sexual harassment. He filed a complaint against his employer, claiming that sexual harassment directed against him by co-workers in the workplace constituted discrimination because of sex prohibited by title 7. The district court held that Oncale, a male, had not title 7 cause of action for harassment by male co-workers. Issue: Can workplace harassment violate Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination because of sex, when the harasser and the harassed employee are of the same sex? Decision: The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reversed, and the case is
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