The following blog entry is written from a defendant’s position as trial approaches. Reviewing this kind of briefing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.
(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this sexual harassment case and its proceedings.)
Hill’s 1st Cause of Action for Sexual Harassment and 4th Cause of Action for Failure to Prevent Harassment Are Unsupported by The Evidence
Hill’s harassment claims are based on her assertion that her former friend and supervisor Randy Lee used vulgar language in her presence that she purports to have found offensive and harassing. Defendants deny that Hill was subject to unlawful harassment. Hill has admitted, and numerous witnesses will testify, that Hill and Lee were friends who vacationed and regularly socialized together, that Hill used vulgar language around Lee (and even sent him a video of naked men with exposed penises) and that Hill never complained to Lee about his use of vulgar language. For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.
The evidence demonstrates that Lee’s speech and conduct was not because of Hill’s gender (if she had been a man, she would have been subjected to the same speech), unwelcome to Hill or so severe or pervasive that it altered the conditions of Hill’s employment and created a hostile work environment. In addition, much of the speech upon which Hill hopes to base her claim – for example, Lee’s private discussions with his female friends — is protected by the free speech guarantees under the First Amendment and California constitution. All such evidence must be excluded. See NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886, 932-34 (1982) (verdict must be vacated where court cannot tell if the verdict was based, in part, on constitutionally-protected activity). (See Part 4 of 10.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.