‘N-Word,’ Noose Incidents Not Enough
For Hostile Work Claim, Court Decides

Sept. 12, 2012, 4:00 AM

Despite the “disgusting” nature of two racist incidents to which an African American plumber allegedly was subjected, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decided that the occurrences were too isolated to constitute a hostile work environment (King v. City & Cnty. of San Francisco, N.D. Cal., 3:11-cv-01857-WHA, 9/6/12).

Granting summary judgment to the city and county of San Francisco, the court found that Andrew King could not establish that his co-workers’ conduct rose to the level of an abusive work environment under the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. § 1981 ...

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