In a case of first impression, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a plaintiff who successfully sues for sexual harassment under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act cannot also recover damages for a common-law claim of negligent supervision and retention.

Two employment law experts say the 7-2 decision in Waffle House v. Cathie Williams (pdf) is a huge win for employers and an “appalling” loss for employees who are victims of sexual harassment at work.

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