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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Authors

Sarah L. Ream

Abstract

Sexual harassment in the workplace, a form of sex discrimination, has received substantial legislative and judicial attention in the past several decades. Courts have recognized that harassment may arise from supervisor or co-worker conduct. Increasingly, courts are also acknowledging harassment by third-parties, such as independent contractors or customers. This note examines the law of such "third-party sexual harassment" with regard to harassment perpetrated by customers. Particular attention is given to the implications of charges filed against a major super market chain alleging harassment by customers due to the implementation of a customer service policy.

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