Some work environments, hostile as advertised, are not actionable

April 18, 2018

Author(s): Laura B. Bacon

Originally published in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, vol. 164, no. 77, April 19, 2018. Copyright © 2018 Law Bulletin Media. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Media.

When it comes to hostile work environments, not all workplaces are created equal. In the Northern District’s ruling in Westbrook v. Illinois Department of Human Services last month, analysis of the plaintiff’s claim centered on the fact that the hostility of her work environment was as-advertised and therefore did not give rise to a viable claim under federal law.

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