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2016

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Angry Employees: Revisiting Insubordination In Title Vii Cases, Susan Carle, Susan D. Carle Jan 2016

Angry Employees: Revisiting Insubordination In Title Vii Cases, Susan Carle, Susan D. Carle

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In too many Title VII cases, employees find themselves thrown out of court because they reacted angrily to reasonable perceptions of employer discrimination. In the race context, supervisors repeatedly call employees the n-word and use other racial epithets, order African American employees to perform work others in the same job classification do not have to do, and impose discipline white employees do not face for the comparable conduct. In the gender context, courts throw out plaintiffs’ cases even where supervisors engage in egregious sexual harassment. Employees who react angrily to such demeaning treatment—by cursing, shouting, refusing an order or ...