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Is an Employer Responsible for Sexual Harassment by a Customer or Client?

You are being sexually harassed by a customer or client of your company.  Can the company be held responsible for that sexual harassment?  Yes.  But, like many other situations involving sexual harassment, the employer’s liability is not automatic.  An employer can be held responsible for sexual harassment committed upon its employee by a customer or client when the employer, through its agents or supervisory employees, knows or should know that the sexual harassment is occurring and fails to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.  If the employer fails to do so, it can be held legally responsible to its employee for the customer or client’s sexual harassment.

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