Warnether Muhammad v. Caterpillar Inc. (USA)

In Muhammad v. Caterpillar, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed judgment for an employer that promptly and reasonably responded to an employee’s complaints of sexual and racial harassment, effectively stopping the harassment. The court also held that because sexual orientation is not a protected class under Title VII, an employee cannot maintain a retaliation claim based on a complaint of statements regarding sexual orientation.

This decision highlights the lack of protection people have at the federal level for redress for discrimination based on sexual orientation or retaliation based on sexual orientation. 

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