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March 01, 2001

Claim of Adverse Treatment Based on Romantic Jealousy Not Protected

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that an employee could not make out a retaliation claim under the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act ("CRA") based on complaints of perceived unfavorable treatment by a male supervisor who, according to the employee, began treating him poorly because of romantic jealousy. Barrett v. Kirtland Community College, 245 Mich. App. 306 (2001). According to the plaintiff-employee, the supervisor began treating him differently after the supervisor learned that the plaintiff was having a romantic relationship with a female coworker who had refused the supervisor's request for a date. According to the Court, the supervisor's allegedly poor treatment because of romantic jealousy did not constitute prohibited sexual harassment or discrimination under the CRA. Therefore, the plaintiff's complaints to higher management were not protected activity under the CRA upon which he could base his retaliation claim when he was later terminated for insubordination and job abandonment.

For more information, contact Rob Dubault at rdubault@wnj.com or call him directly at 231.727.2638.

 

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