Teresa Harris V. Forklift Systems, Inc.

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Name: Teresa Harris V. Forklift Systems, Inc. Citation: 510 U.S. 17, 114 S. Ct. 367, 1993 U.S. LEXIS 7155 United States Supreme Court, 1993 Facts: Charles Hardy, president of Forklift Systems, frequently made inappropriate sexual comments to Teresa Harris, the manager at Forklift Systems, and other women at the company. Harris sued Forklift, claiming that Hardy had created an abusive work environment. The federal trial court ruled against Harris stating that Hardy’s comments did not impact Harris’s psychological well-being. The appeals court confirmed and the Supreme Court granted certiorari. Appellants: Harris Appellee: Forklift Systems, Inc. Issue: To be a violation of Title VII, must sexual harassment seriously affect the employee’s
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Unformatted text preview: psychological well-being? Holding: Trial case revered, Judgment for the Appellant Harris. Trial court erred in relying on whether the conduct seriously affected plaintiffs psychological well-being or led her to suffer injury. Reasoning: Conduct that is not severe or pervasive enough to create an objectively hostile or abusive work environment is beyond Title VIIs purview. A discriminatorily abusive work environment, even one that does not seriously affect employees psychological well-being, can and often will detract from employees job performance. So long as the environment would reasonably be perceived, and is perceived, as hostile or abusive there is no need for it also to be psychologically injurious....
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