IM Chats Get Cingular Off The Hook For Sex Bias

Law360, New York (January 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A series of flirtatious Instant Messenger chats provided enough intimate details for a federal judge to write off allegations in a sexual discrimination suit brought by a former Cingular Wireless LLC temporary employee against the wireless company and her manager.

Judge Robert F. Kelly pored over the text of IM conversations between the former administrative assistant and her manager, concluding Tuesday that the two had clearly engaged in a “sexually flirtatious professional relationship” and that the assistant was not subjected to a hostile work environment....
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