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Does Human Rights Act Provide Remedies for Sexual Harassment?  

Author:  Isaias  Lima.

Source: Volume 16, Number 01, December/January 2015 , pp.13-13(1)

Sex Offender Law Report

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In a case asserting a claim for sexual harassment at the workplace, the Minnesota Court of Appeals sought to clarify what it means to “aid and abet sexual harassment,” which is proscribed by the Minnesota Humans Right Act (MHRA). When the appellant, the business manager of a small company, reported to the company that one of her supervisors had made sexual advances toward her, she was told not to worry “because [the offending supervisor] loved his wife.” She also learned that the company had knowledge of similar conduct toward other female employees. To prove liability, the appeals court set forth a high standard: The employer must have intentionally and substantially assisted in the harassing conduct, knowing that the other person’s actions violated the law.

Keywords: Minnesota Statute § 363A.14; The Restatement (2d) of Torts § 879(b); Eichorn Motors

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