In Tolson v. Springer, the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of an employer on an employee’s claim under Title VII of sexual and racial harassment on the grounds that the harassment was sporadic and not sufficiently severe to amount to the type of harassment that is actionable under Title VII. The Court held that the harassment which consisted of five sporadic racially and sexually derogatory comments was likely offensive but not so severe to have altered the working conditions of the plaintiff’s workplace. A copy of the decision can be read here.

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