Mr. Thomas, a 10 year executive with XYZ Corporation, continued to engage his secretary in a conversation regarding the female body part that was a subject of a recent television program, even after she indicated she did not wish to discuss it further. Mr. Thomas subsequently copied a page from a dictionary containing the name of a body part and gave it to the secretary, which in addition to prior behavior she interpreted as sexual harassment. His employer terminated him because of this incident and other alleged incidents of poor judgment. In a suit for wrongful termination, Mr. Thomas won compensatory damage plus punitive damages against the company and his secretary.
1. Do you think Mr. Thomas' actions constituted sexual harassment? Why or why not?
2. Do you think termination of Mr. Thomas was justified? Why or why not?
3. What factors might have influenced the jury's decision?
This solution examines a suit for wrongful termination in a sexual harassment case on several factors. The complete solution is 1154 words and provided, with references, in the attached Word document.