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A Department of Correctional Service employee who claims she was subjected to a hostile work environment because of racial harassment can proceed with her suit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday.

Overturning a Northern District judge’s decision, the Second Circuit ruled in Richardson v. New York State Department of Correctional Service, 98-7110, that former DOCS employee Cynthia A. Richardson’s Title VII lawsuit challenging her treatment at the hands of fellow employees and supervisors at two correctional facilities should be reinstated. The appeals court said Ms. Richardson presented enough evidence for her claim to survive a summary judgment motion.

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