The N-Word: How Many Uses Are “Severe” Enough To Create A Hostile Work Place?

In answer to the title question, I would have to say “not clear” – but likely more than one.

Courts, thankfully, are virtually unanimous in condemning such things.  Unfortunately, they are not so unanimous in their decisions.  Most courts have held that such racial slurs and tropes must occur more than once to make out a hostile workplace.

Once is somehow not enough.

Until a new federal decision came down.

Read my new Above The Law post on this topic.




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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]