Single Racial Slur Backs Harassment Claim, California Court Told

March 3, 2021, 1:03 AM

A single incident of a worker being targeted by a racial slur violates California employment law even if the epithet wasn’t repeated, an attorney for a former worker at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office told the state’s top court.

Twanda Bailey sued the DA’s office and the city after a co-worker’s alleged use of a highly offensive racial slur. She sued under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, making claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to prevent discrimination, and retaliation.

The trial court dismissed the lawsuit, and the California Court of Appeals, First District, affirmed. The slur was used only...

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