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Passananti v. Cook County (7th Cir. 2012)

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Seventh Circuit Reaffirms that Use of Gender-Specific Term Does Not Automatically Constitute Harassment

Franczek Radelet P.C • July 27, 2012
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed earlier decisions holding that the use of gender-specific terms (e.g., “bitch”) in the workplace does not automatically constitute harassment. Instead, the use of such words in the workplace must be viewed in context—and only supports a sexual harassment claim if there is evidence that it was used in a hostile manner to demean someone based on, or because of, his or her sex.