WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court
has declined to hear a case in which the justices would have had to decide whether a single use of the N-word in the workplace can result in a hostile work environment
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear the case of a former Texas
hospital employee who claimed he was subjected to a hostile work environment, including graffiti that used the N-word in one elevator. As is customary, the court made no comment in rejecting the case, which was one of many dismissed on Monday.
During his seven years as an operating room aide at Parkland Memorial Hospital
in Dallas, Robert Collier claimed that white nurses called him and other Black employees "boy," and that management ignored two large swastikas painted on a storage room wall. He sued the hospital after he was fired in 2016.
The hospital's lawyers urged the court not to hear Collier's case, saying there is no evidence "that any Parkland employee was responsible for the alleged graffiti or that it was directed specifically at Mr. Collier."
Parkland is the hospital where President John F. Kennedy was taken after being shot and killed in 1963.