In an opinion remarkable for its unanimity — and free use of profanity — the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a landmark decision favoring plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases.
At issue was whether the use of words such as “bitch” in the workplace could support a sexual harassment lawsuit. The court ruled that while not all profane or sexual language would be actionable, certain gender-specific words could be, even if they weren’t used explicitly in reference to the plaintiff.
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