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Marshalls Defeats Female Worker’s Appeal in Sex Harassment Case

June 23, 2022, 4:30 PM

A female employee at a Marshalls department store in Roanoke, Va., who said that a male assistant store manager regularly hugged her and stroked her arm, once kissed her on the cheek, and complimented her appearance, lacked a triable sex harassment claim, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday.

A reasonable jury couldn’t find from that evidence that Summer Sowash’s work environment was permeated with harassment so severe or pervasive that it violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the court said. It affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment to Marshalls of MA Inc. and David Hughes, the ...