US Supreme Court takes transfer case involving sexual harassment complaint
What if an employer transfers an employee who complains
about sexual harassment, and the transfer makes for more
physically demanding work - but no loss in pay? Is this
a "materially adverse" term and condition of employment that
can lead to legal liability? The US Supreme Court has decided
to take up this point in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe v. Sheila White.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict finding'
the railroad liable for retaliation - by transferring her from a forklift operator
job to doing more demanding track work when she complained
that her foreman was harassing her. White was the only female working
in the yard.