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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

17. Suzy works as a lifeguard at a community pool. Soon after she was hired, she received text messages from her supervisor that said “You are the hottest girl at the pool” and “3 Dates = 1 Raise.” The text messages made Suzy uncomfortable, and she did not respond in the hope that her supervisor would take the hint and leave her alone. The next day, the supervisor hugged Suzy, patted her rear end, and said “The way you look in that bathing suit, it’s clear that you’re my best hire yet.” Suzy immediately pushed him away and reported the incident and the texts to the pool manager. Did the supervisor sexually harass Suzy?

  1. No. Because Suzy did not respond to the text messages or otherwise tell her supervisor to back off, it is fair for her supervisor to assume that she is not bothered by his conduct.
  2. No. The supervisor did not harass Suzy; he complimented her in the hope that she would agree to go out with him.
  3. Yes. The supervisor sexually harassed Suzy, but she must file a complaint with the pool manager before going to the EEOC for help.
  4. Yes. The supervisor sexually harassed Suzy by sending her inappropriate text messages, making inappropriate comments, and touching her without her permission.