Sexual harassment is simply not something that employers can wholly prevent without taking extraordinary measures-constant video and audio surveillance, for examplethat would revolutionize the workplace in a manner incompatible with a free society. See Meritor, 477 U. S., at 77 (Marshall, J., concurring in judgment) ("[I]t is precisely because the supervisor is understood to be clothed with the employer's authority that he is able to impose unwelcome sexual conduct on subordinates"). *, JUSTICE KENNEDY delivered the opinion of the Court. Vivian & Patricia Question 3 Question 2 Andrea Do you understand why the Court would allow that affirmative defense in cases where there is no loss of tangible job benefit, but not in cases where there is such a loss? See, e. g., Blankenship v. Parke Care Centers, Inc., 123 F.3d 868, 872 (CA6 1997), cert. If, in the unusual case, it is alleged there is a false impression that the actor was a supervisor, when he in fact was not, the victim's mistaken conclusion must be a reasonable one. Rather, as demonstrated by the Restatement's illustrations, liability under § 219(2)(d) depends upon the plaintiff's belief that the agent acted in the ordinary course of business or within the scope of his apparent authority.4 In this day and age, no sexually harassed employee can reasonably believe that a harassing supervisor is conducting the official business of the company or acting on its behalf. Kimberly Ellerth (plaintiff) was a salesperson for Burlington Industries, Inc. (Burlington) (defendant) from March 1993 to May 1994. Contrary to the Court's suggestions, the principle embodied in § 219(2)(d) has nothing to do with a servant's "power and authority," nor with whether his actions appear "threatening." Thus, in order to accommodate the agency principle of vicarious liability for harm caused by misuse of supervisory authority, as well as Title VII's equally basic policies of encouraging forethought by employers and saving action by objecting employees, the Court adopts, in this case and in Faragher v. Boca Raton, post, p. 775, the following holding: An employer is subject to vicarious liability to a victimized employee for an actionable hostile environment created by a supervisor with immediate (or successively higher) authority over the employee. An employer is negligent, and therefore subject to liability under § 219(2)(b), if it knew or should have known about sexual harassment and failed to stop it. Kimberly refused all … Held: Under Title VII, an employee who refuses the unwelcome and threatening sexual advances of a supervisor, yet suffers no adverse, tangible job consequences, may recover against the employer without showing the employer is negligent or otherwise at fault for the supervisor's actions, but the employer may interpose an affirmative defense. Id., at 517. 6—21. Does it make sense to allow an employee to bring a sexual For example, the question presented here is phrased as whether Ellerth can state a quid pro quo claim, but the issue of real concern to the parties is whether Burlington has vicarious liability, rather than liability limited to its own negligence. 97-569. Subsections (b) and (d) are possible grounds for imposing employer liability on account of a supervisor's acts and must be considered. Burlington Industries Inc v Ellerth Introduction In the last two years there has been 11,364 sexual harassment claims filed according to the EEOC, it has been decreasing in the last 4 years but it was at a all time high in 1997. As other federal decisions have done in discussing vicarious liability for supervisor harassment, e. g., Henson v. Dundee, 682 F.2d 897, 909 (CAll 1982), we begin with § 219(2)(d). 3 I agree with the Court that the doctrine of quid pro quo sexual harassment is irrelevant to the issue of an employer's vicarious liability. Pp. A tangible employment action constitutes a significant change in employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits. The employer is Burlington Industries, the petitioner. BURLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC. v. ELLERTH 524 US 742 (1998) (Case Syllabus edited by the Author) Respondent Kimberly Ellerth quit her job after 15 months as a salesperson in one of petitioner Burlington Industries’ many divisions, allegedly because she had been subjected to constant sexual harassment by one of her supervisors, Ted Slowik. As a general rule, apparent authority is relevant where the agent purports to exercise a power which he or she does not have, as distinct from where the agent threatens to misuse actual power. The equivalence of the quid pro quo label and vicarious liability is illustrated by this case. During her employment, she alleges, she was subjected to constant sexual harassment by her supervisor, one Ted Slowik. denied, 406 U. S. 957 (1972), the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the practice of racially segregating patients in a doctor's office could amount to discrimination in "'the terms, conditions, or privileges'" of employment, thereby violating Title VII. The Court relies on the general common law of agency, rather than on the law of any particular State. Ibid. Rejecting a negligence standard, the Court instead imposes a rule of vicarious employer liability, subject to a vague affirmative defense, for the acts of supervisors who wield no delegated authority in creating a hostile work environment. In Meritor, we acknowledged this consensus. For example, when a salesperson lies to a customer to make a sale, the tortious conduct is within the scope of employment because it benefits the employer by increasing sales, even though it may violate the employer's policies. Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998), is a landmark employment law case of the United States Supreme Court holding that employers are liable if supervisors create a hostile work environment for employees. While its twin decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth3 and Faragher v. City of Boca Raton4 do some defining and shaping, the Court has refrained from giving interested employers a reasonable, bright line test for avoiding liability. Specifically, under Burlington, employers must show that they exercised reasonable care in creating and putting policies and procedures into effect along with promptly remedying any sexually … The District Court granted summary judgment to Burlington. But once an employer has in good faith taken those measures which are both feasible and reasonable under the circumstances to combat the offensive conduct we do not think he can be charged with discriminating on the basis of race." Section 219(2)(d) makes an employer vicariously liable for sexual harassment by an employee who uses apparent authority (the apparent authority standard), or who was "aided in accomplishing the tort by the existence of the agency relation" (the aided in the agency relation standard). United States Supreme Court. Whatever the exact contours of the aided in the agency relation standard, its requirements will always be met when a supervisor takes a tangible employment action. From March 1993 until May 1994, Ellerth worked as a salesperson in one of Burlington's divisions in Chicago, Illinois. Given this express direction, the Court concludes a uniform and predictable standard must be established as a matter of federal law. The premise is: A trier of fact could find in Slowik's remarks numerous threats to retaliate against Ellerth if she denied some sexual liberties. should have an adequate opportunity to prove she has a claim for which Burlington is liable. Argued April 22, 1998—Decided June 26, 1998. Rule Civ. Compare Restatement § 6 with § 8. With her on the brief were Solicitor General Waxman, Acting Assistant Attorney General Lee, Irving L. Gornstein, C. Gregory Stewart, Philip B. Sklover, Carolyn L. Wheeler, and Susan L. P. Starr. It is a premise assumed as well, in explicit or implicit terms, in the various opinions by the judges of the Court of Appeals. Congress has not altered Mer-. Rule. For these reasons, we will affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals, reversing the grant of summary judgment against Ellerth. 20—21. When a supervisor makes a tangible employment decision, there is assurance the injury could not have been inflicted. Slowik was a midlevel manager who had authority to hire and promote employees, subject to higher approval, but was not considered a policymaker. He had authority to make hiring and promotion decisions subject to the approval of his supervisor, who signed the paperwork. Among other things, those opinions focused on whether Ellerth’s claim could be categorized as one of quid pro quo harassment, and on whether the standard for an employer’s liability on such a claim should be vicarious liability or negligence. Ellerth worked with her immediate supervisor in Burlington’s Chicago office. About three weeks later, however, she sent a letter explaining she quit because of Slowik's behavior. 2257 (1998); Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 118 S.Ct. Restatement § 219(1). State-court decisions, applying state employment discrimination law, may be instructive in applying general agency principles, but, it is interesting to note, in many cases their determinations of employer liability under state law rely in large part on federal-court decisions under Title VII. See 912 F. Supp. This Court imports the significant, tangible employment action concept for resolution of the vicarious. 1052, 1075 (MD Ala. 1990) (supervisor acting in scope of employment where employer has a policy of discouraging women from seeking advancement and "sexual harassment was simply a way of furthering that policy"). Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth. Sexual Harassment Case That Set The Precedent For Employer Liability - Created with AquaSoft SlideShow Ultimate: http://www.aquasoft.net 97-569. Justia makes no guarantees or warranties that the annotations are accurate or reflect the current state of law, and no annotation is intended to be, nor should it be construed as, legal advice. What these statements mean for district courts ruling on motions for summary judgment-the critical question for employers now subject to the vicarious liability ruleremains a mystery. While proof that an employer had promulgated an antiharassment policy with complaint procedure is not necessary in every instance as a matter of law, the need for a stated policy suitable to the employment circumstances may appropriately be addressed in any case when litigating the first element of the defense. Quick Reference. The decision in most cases is documented in official company records, and may be subject to review by higher level supervisors. The most that employers can be charged with, therefore, is a duty to act reasonably under the circumstances. 2257, 77 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. In fact, she chose not to inform her immediate supervisor (not Slowik) because" 'it would be his duty as my supervisor to report any incidents of sexual harassment.'" Id., at 72. Id., at 1118. It is this tension which, we think, has caused so much confusion among the Courts of Appeals which have sought to apply the aided in the agency relation standard to Title VII cases. United States v. Diebold, Inc., 369 U. S. 654, 655 (1962) (per curiam). tangible job benefits. 97-569. Thus, in order to accommodate the agency principle of vicarious liability for harm caused by misuse of supervisory authority, as well as Title VII’s equally basic policies of encouraging forethought by employers and saving action by objecting employees, the Court adopts, in this case and in Faragher v. Boca Raton, post, p. ___, the following holding: An employer is subject to vicarious liability to a victimized employee for an actionable hostile environment created by a supervisor with immediate (or successively higher) authority over the employee. Ibid. BURLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC. v. ELLERTH Citation. She had a good job. Burlington Industries Inc v Ellerth Introduction In the last two years there has been 11,364 sexual harassment claims filed according to the EEOC, it has been decreasing in the last 4 years but it was at a all time high in 1997. On one occasion, she told Slowik a comment he made was inappropriate. Supreme Court of the United States claim of so-called "disparate treatment." Burlington Industries v. Ellerth. Proceeding from the premise that an employer faces vicarious liability for quid pro quo harassment, the District Court thought it necessary to apply a negligence standard because the quid pro quo merely contributed to the hostile work environment. § 2000e-2(a)(1). (e) As a general rule, apparent authority is relevant where the agent purports to exercise a power which he or she does not have, as distinct from threatening to misuse actual power. Despite her refusals of Slowik’s advances Ellerth did not suffer any tangible retaliation and was, in fact, promoted once. ment occurred. An employer is subject to liability for the torts of its employees acting outside the scope of their employment when, inter alia, the employer itself was negligent or reckless, Restatement § 219(2)(b), or the employee purported to act or to speak on behalf of the employer and there was reliance upon apparent authority, or he was aided in accomplishing the tort by the existence of the agency relation, id., § 219(2)(d). See also § 219, Comment e (Section 219(2) "enumerates the situations in which a master may be liable for torts of servants acting solely for their own purposes and hence not in the scope of employment"). 97-569. See ante, at 755-760. The employer is Burlington Industries, the petitioner. Slowik responded, "I don't have time for you right now, Kim ... unless you want to tell me what you're wearing." (b) In deciding whether an employer has vicarious liability in a case such as this, the Court turns to agency law principles, for Title VII defines the term “employer” to include “agents.” §2000e(b). (sexual harassment amounting to assault and battery "clearly outside the scope of employment"); see also 2 L. Jayson & R. Longstreth, Handling Federal Tort Claims § 9.07[4], p. 9-211 (1998). This Court nonetheless believes the two terms are of limited utility. (f) That rule requires the existence of something more than the employment relation itself because, in a sense, most workplace tortfeasors, whether supervisors or co-workers, are aided in accomplishing their tortious objective by the employment relation: Proximity and regular contact afford a captive pool of potential victims. See Barnes v. Costle, 561 F.2d 983, 987 (CADC 1977). Click on the case name to see the full text of the citing case. For example, Title VII is designed to encourage the creation of antiharassment policies and effective grievance mechanisms. Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth: An Affirmative Defense Against Employer Liability for Supervisory Harassment In Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth,' the Supreme Court held that an employer is vicariously liable for its supervisor's harassment that creates a … Id., §§ 228(1)(c), 230. JUSTICE THOMAS, with whom JUSTICE SCALIA joins, dissenting. To the extent they illustrate the distinction between cases involving a carried-out threat and offensive conduct in general, they are relevant when there is a threshold question whether a plaintiff can prove discrimination. 15—20. A day or two later, Ellerth called Slowik to ask permission again. And while proof that an employee failed to fulfill the corresponding obligation of reasonable care to avoid harm is not limited to showing an unreasonable failure to use any complaint procedure provided by the employer, a demonstration of such failure will normally suffice to satisfy the employer's burden under the second element of the defense." Contributor Names Kennedy, Anthony M. (Judge) Supreme Court of the United States (Author) Created / … The Restatement (Second) of Agency (hereinafter Restatement) is a useful beginning point, although common-law principles may not be wholly transferable to Title VII. Argued April 22, 1998. 454 F. 2d, at 238 (opinion of Goldberg, J.). 2257 (1998); Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 118 S.Ct. 4 See Restatement § 219, Comment e; § 261, Comment a (principal liable for an agent's fraud if "the agent's position facilitates the consummation of the fraud, in that from the point of view of the third person the transaction seems regular on its face and the agent appears to be acting in the ordinary course of business confided to him"); § 247, Illustrations (newspaper liable for a defamatory editorial published by editor for his own purposes). In express terms, Congress has directed federal courts to interpret Title VII based on agency principles. The question presented for certiorari asks: "Whether a claim of quid pro quo sexual harassment may be stated under Title VII ... where the plaintiff employee has neither submitted to the sexual advances of the alleged harasser nor suffered any tangible effects on the compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment as a consequence of a refusal to submit to those advances?" 28 U. S. C. § 1346(b); see, e. g., Jamison v. Wiley, 14 F.3d 222, 237 (CA4 1994) (supervisor's unfair criticism of subordinate's work in retaliation for rejecting his sexual advances not within scope of employment); Wood v. United States, 995 F. 2d 1122, 1123 (CA1 1993) (Breyer, C. Given our explanation that the labels quid pro quo and hostile work environment are not controlling for purposes of establishing employer liability, see supra, at 754, Ellerth. Slowik was not Ellerth's immediate supervisor. pp. Cf. Every Federal Court of Appeals to have considered the question has found vicarious liability when a discriminatory act results in a tangible employment action. Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998). 42 U. S. C. § 2000e(b); see Meritor, supra, at 72. Ibid. When a party seeks to impose vicarious liabil-. When a party seeks to impose vicarious liability based on an agent's misuse of delegated authority, the Restatement's aided in the agency relation rule provides the appropriate analysis. Argued April 22, 1998–Decided June 26, 1998. Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, 490 U. S. 730, 740 (1989). A tangible employment decision requires an official act of the enterprise, a company act. Judges Wood and Rovner interpreted agency principles to impose vicarious liability on employers for most claims of supervisor sexual harassment, even absent a quid pro quo. At the outset, we can identify a class of cases where, beyond question, more than the mere existence of the employment relation aids in commission of the harassment: when a supervisor takes a tangible employment action against the subordinate. The supervisor has been empowered by the company as a distinct class of agent to make economic decisions affecting other employees under his or her control. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 524. 1101 — Brought to you by Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating high quality open legal information. Ibid. Relying on existing case law which held out the promise of vicarious liability for all quid pro quo claims, see supra, at 752-753, Ellerth focused all her attention in the Court of Appeals on proving her claim fit within that category. App. gence. J. L. & Pub. The harassing supervisor often acts for personal motives, motives unrelated and even antithetical to the objectives of the employer. In the emergent terminology, an unfulfilled quid pro quo is a. mere threat to do a company act rather than the act itself, and in these circumstances, an employer can be found liable for its negligence only. 755-757. In March 1994, when Ellerth was being considered for a promotion, Slowik expressed reservations during the promotion interview because she was not "loose enough." June 26, 1998. The comment was followed by his reaching over and rubbing her knee. Vivian & Patricia Question 3 Question 2 Andrea Do you understand why the Court would allow that affirmative defense in cases where there is no loss of tangible job benefit, but not in cases where there is such a loss? sex." seq., an employee who refuses the unwelcome and threatening sexual advances of a supervisor, yet suffers no adverse, tangible job consequences, can recover against the employer without showing the employer is negligent or otherwise at fault for the supervisor's actions. In the usual case, a supervisor's harassment involves misuse of actual power, not the false impression of its existence. Compounding its error, the Court fails to explain how employers can rely upon the affirmative defense, thus ensuring a continuing reign of confusion in this important area of the law. Negligence sets a minimum standard for Title VII liability; but Ellerth seeks to invoke the more stringent standard of vicarious liability. The employee is Kimberly Ellerth, the respondent. Id., at 159-160. The principal significance of the distinction is to instruct that Title VII is violated by either explicit or constructive alterations in the terms or conditions of employment and to explain the latter must be severe or pervasive. Section 219(1) of the Restatement sets out a central principle of agency law: "A master is subject to liability for the torts of his servants committed while acting in the scope of their employment.". Cases based on carried-out threats are referred to often as “quid pro quo” cases, as distinct from bothersome attentions or sexual remarks sufficient to create a “hostile work environment.” Those two terms do not appear in Title VII, which forbids only “discriminat[ion] against any individual with respect to his … terms [or] conditions … of employment, because of … sex.” §2000e–2(a)(1). We assumed, and with adequate reason, that if an employer demanded sexual favors from an employee in return for a job benefit, discrimination with respect to terms or conditions of employment was explicit. See, e. g., Dennis v. Cty. For example, the question presented here is phrased as whether Ellerth can state a quid pro quo claim, but the issue of real concern to the parties is whether Burlington has vicarious liability, rather than liability limited to its own negligence. Ellerth also introduced a two-part affirmative defense allowing employer The aided in the agency relation standard, therefore, requires the existence of something more than the employment relation itself. See Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc., 510 U. S. 17, 21 (1993) (actionable sexual harassment occurs when the workplace is "permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult" (emphasis added; internal quotation marks and citation omitted)). He asserted Ellerth could not recover against Burlington despite having stated a quid pro quo claim. That is the question we must resolve. However, where, as here, there is no tangible employment action, it is not obvious the agency relationship aids in commission of the tort. See McKennon v. Nashville Banner Publishing Co., 513 U. S. 352, 358 (1995). The principal opinion in the case concluded that employment discrimination was not limited to the "isolated and distinguishable events" of "hiring, firing, and promoting." Id., at 72. Theodore Slowik was a New York based Vice-President of sales and marketing, supervising Ellerth’s immediate supervisors. Nevertheless, as use of the terms grew in the wake of Meritor, they acquired their own significance. E. g., Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Inc. v. United States, 398 F.2d 167, 172 (CA2 1968). Civ. Contacting Justia or any attorney through this site, via web form, email, or otherwise, does not create an attorney-client relationship. Ante, at 764. (f) That rule requires the existence of something more than the employment relation itself because, in a sense, most workplace tortfeasors, whether supervisors or co-workers, are aided in accomplishing their tortious objective by the employment relation: Proximity and regular contact afford a captive pool of potential victims. Pp. Burlington therefore cannot be charged with knowledge of Slowik's alleged harassment or with a failure to exercise reasonable care in not knowing about it. Argued April 22, 1998-Decided June 26,1998. If, on the other hand, the supervisor carries out his threat and causes the plaintiff a job detriment, the plaintiff may have a disparate treatment claim under Title VII. This rule is a whole-cloth creation that draws no support from the legal principles on which the Court claims it is based. Ibid. (e) As a general rule, apparent authority is relevant where the agent purports to exercise a power which he or she does not have, as distinct from threatening to misuse actual power. No affirmative defense is available, however, when the supervisor's harassment culminates in a tangible employment action, such as discharge, demotion, or undesirable reassignment. This is because such actions are company acts that can be performed only by the exercise of specific authority granted by the employer, and thus the supervisor acts as the employer. 1996). Because supervisory harassment cases involve misuse of actual power, not the false impression of its existence, apparent authority analysis is inappropriate. See ante, at 755-760. On the other hand, there are acts of harassment a supervisor might commit which might be the same acts a coemployee would commit, and there may be some circumstances where the supervisor's status makes little difference. See Kotcher v. Rosa & Sullivan Appliance Center, Inc., 957 F.2d 59, 62 (CA2 1992) ("From the perspective of the employee, the supervisor and the employer merge into a single entity"). So, too, this Court relied on Rogers when in Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson, 477 U. S. 57 (1986), it recognized a cause of action under Title VII for sexual harassment. BURLINGTON INDUSTRIES v. ELLERTH, 524 U.S. 742 (1998) FACTS Kimberly Ellerth, a salesperson for defendant, filed a Title VII action alleging that she had been sexually harassed by her supervisor and the harassment forced her to quit. 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