No Hugs For You: 9th Circuit Says a Supervisor’s Hugs Could Create a Sexually Hostile Work Environment
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In Zetwick v. County of Yolo, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a supervisor’s frequent hugging of a subordinate could potentially create a sexually hostile work environment. In that case, Plaintiff was a correctional officer who had worked for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department since 1988. The Plaintiff contends that from 1999 to 2012, she was subjected to over a hundred unwelcome hugs and at least one unwelcome kiss from her boss, the elected Sheriff, and that he hugged other women and did not hug male employees. Although Plaintiff was not terminated or denied promotion, she claimed that the Sheriff’s conduct caused her to be stressed and suffer from anxiety, and made it difficult for her to go into work.
Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta Moving Briskly Towards Confirmation – Suggests He Is Open To Increasing Overtime Salary Threshold
- Written by Gregory Blueford
Last week, President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, R. Alexander “Alex” Acosta, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee, which oversees his nomination. Acosta’s nomination comes after President Trump’s initial choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from his nomination following strong opposition from both Republicans and Democrats.
While most onlookers consider Acosta’s hearing fairly uneventful, with some suggesting many of his answers were evasive, there are some interesting takeaways from his answers. When asked about the Obama Administration’s proposed rule to raise the salary threshold of $23,660 for white collar workers to be exempt from overtime to $47,476, Acosta did not fully condemn the proposal as would be consistent with the Republican Party line. You can read more about the proposed changes to the federal overtime rule here.