No. 97-282.

524 U.S. 775 (1998)

118 S.Ct. 2275

141 L.Ed.2d 662


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 26, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William R. Amlong argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Martha F. Davis, Yolanda S. Wu, and Eric Schnapper.

Irving Gornstein argued the cause for the United States et al. as amici curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Waxman, Acting Assistant Attorney General Lee, Deputy Solicitor General Wallace, C. Gregory Stewart, Carolyn L. Wheeler, and Gail S. Coleman.

Harry A. Rissetto argued the cause for respondent. With him on the briefs were Peter Buscemi, Mark S. Dichter, Mark A. Srere, and Victoria E. Houck.*

Souter, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Breyer, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Scalia, J., joined, p. 810.

Justice Souter, delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case calls for identification of the circumstances under which an employer may be held liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 253, as amended, 42 U. S. C. § 2000e et seq., for the acts of a supervisory employee whose sexual harassment of subordinates has created a hostile work environment amounting to employment discrimination....

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