Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jones v. Clinton case brief

Jones v. Clinton case brief summary
990 F.Supp. 657 (1998)

Defendants, former governor and state police officer, sought summary judgment in plaintiff employee's action alleging a violation of 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, that the former governor conspired to deprive her of her equal protection rights in violation of 42 U.S.C.S. § 1985(3), and that she was subjected to intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The employee asserted that the former governor was liable for damages for violating her constitutional right to equal protection of the laws because he made unwelcome sexual advances to her. The former governor and state police officer sought summary judgment, contending that there was insufficient evidence to support the employee's claim.


  • The court agreed with this contention, finding that the employee failed to support her claim of sexual harassment because she failed to show a tangible job detriment or adverse employment action. 
  • The court ruled the employee's hostile work environment failed because there was no evidence the conduct alleged was so severe that it altered the conditions of her employment. 
  • The court noted that the employee never missed a day of work, never asked to be relieved of the duties that required her to be in the presence of the former governor, and never filed a formal complaint.
The court granted summary judgment in favor of the former governor and state police officer. The court held that there was insufficient evidence to support the employee's claims of sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

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