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Single incident can create hostile work environment, 4th Circuit rules in O.C. case

A single incident of on-the-job harassment – if “extremely serious” – can leave an employer liable for having a hostile work environment, a federal appeals court has ruled in reviving a lawsuit brought by a black Ocean City waitress who claims she was fired after complaining of being called a “porch monkey” by a white supervisor.

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Job-bias claim must compare qualifications, court says

A black job applicant’s failure to allege specifically that she was rejected in favor of less qualified white candidates for two Maryland State Highway Administration positions warranted dismissal of her job discrimination complaint, a divided federal appeals court has ruled.

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Shabby data dooms EEOC disparate impact claim

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come under sharp attack from a federal appeals court judge for its choice of an expert and use of “utterly unreliable” analysis in trying to show that pre-employment background criminal and credit background checks have a disparate impact on black job applicants.

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