Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2023, 2:21 PM

Houston Defeats Sanitation Worker’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

A Houston waste management worker’s claims that a supervisor repeatedly sent her sexually suggestive text messages over six months, grabbed her and tried to kiss her don’t rise to the level of sexual harassment, a Texas appeals court ruled.

“Though the text messages were frequent, inappropriate, and at times explicit, courts have found much more severe conduct did not create a hostile work environment,” the Texas court of Appeals, First District said Thursday in an opinion by Justice Gordon Goodman.

“Unwanted physical contact can be threatening or humiliating,” Goodman said. But plaintiff Evernecca Carter “did not indicate she felt threatened ...

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