Faragher v. City of Boca Raton Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“After resigning as a lifeguard with defendant respondent City of Boca Raton (City), plaintiff petitioner Beth Ann Faragher brought an action against the City and her immediate supervisors, Bill Terry and David Silverman, for nominal damages and other relief, asserting that the two had allegedly created a sexually hostile atmosphere, which thereby constituted discrimination in Faragher’s terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, in violation of 42 USCS 2000e-2(a)(1). Following a bench trial, the District Court concluded that the supervisors’ conduct was discriminatory harassment sufficiently serious to alter the conditions of Faragher’s employment and constitute an abusive working environment. The District Court then held that the City could be held liable for the harassment of its supervisory employees because the harassment was pervasive enough to support an inference that the City had “knowledge, or constructive knowledge” of it