Beware Worker Harassment Claims For Nonemployee Conduct

Law360 (March 5, 2019, 12:32 PM EST) -- A new decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania highlights the exposure employers have to claims of sexual harassment based upon actions allegedly made by nonemployees, including customers, contractors or vendors.

The law requires the employer to provide a safe and secure workplace free from harassment — whether by its own employees or others — thereby discounting the golden rule of good client relations: "The customer is always right." In certain circumstances, the employer must act to protect its employees from unlawful harassment.

In Hewitt v. BS Transportation of Illinois LLC, et al.,[1] the plaintiff employee...

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