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Can an employer be held liable for customer sexual harassment?


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Yes, courts have held that an employer may be found liable for the harassing conduct of its customers. The focus of the inquiry in a hostile work environment claim, as the name suggests, is on whether the workplace is replete with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult.  Employers may be held liable in these circumstances if they do not remedy or prevent the hostile work environment about which they knew, or should have known.

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