N.J. appeals court lets woman business owner sue over harassment

01/7/2010 | New Jersey Online

A New Jersey appeals court ruled Wednesday that a state sexual harassment and discrimination law applies to business owners and their clients -- not just employers and employees. The court ruled that a woman who owns a tire distribution business could sue a rental company after a branch manager dropped her business because she rejected his sexual advances. "The quid pro quo sexual harassment alleged in the complaint, if legally permitted, would stand as a barrier to women's ability to do business on an equal footing with men," said the three-judge panel in its ruling.

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