Consider the Source: When the Harasser is the Boss

23 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2011

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Susan Grover

William & Mary Law School

Kimberley Piro

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 10, 2010


In Consider the Source, Susan Grover and Kim Piro argue for a change in the analysis that courts apply to determine whether actionable workplace harassment has occurred. They identify a gap in current doctrine, which allows courts to ignore the status of the harasser as co-worker or supervisor. The authors argue that harassment at the hands of a supervisor is necessarily more severe and pervasive than the same harassment by a co-worker. As a result, they recommend that the harasser's identity as a supervisor or co-worker be treated as a necessary consideration when courts assess whether actionable harassment has occurred.

Keywords: Harassment, Supervisor, Co-Worker, Severe or Pervasive, Harasser, Identity

Suggested Citation

Grover, Susan and Piro, Kimberley, Consider the Source: When the Harasser is the Boss (December 10, 2010). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 79, No. 2, p. 101, 2010, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-66, Available at SSRN:

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Kimberley Piro

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