Clark County School District v. Breeden

The 2000 case of Clark County School District v. Breeden was the first time the Supreme Court narrowed the scope of Title VII sexual harassment claims. Ruling in the case of an employee who said she had been retaliated against for reporting a sexually offensive mark made by a supervisor, the Court ruled that for sexual harassment conduct to be severe and offensive enough to be actionable, it had to be more than teasing, offhand comments, or an isolated incident, unless that incident was extremely serious. The case served notice that courts had to be careful to find a balance in sexual harassment cases in the process of determining what constitutes creating a hostile environment.


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