Lord v. High Voltage Software, Inc., No. 13-3788 (7th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Lord claims that he was sexually harassed by male coworkers at High Voltage Software, and that High Voltage fired him for complaining about it. Co-workers had teased him about the “audio bug” whenever a particular female coworker appeared. After Lord complained and was moved to another group, another coworker touched Lord on the buttocks four times and was fired for that behavior. High Voltage responds that the conduct Lord complained about was not sexual harassment and that it fired Lord for: failing to properly report his concerns, excessive preoccupation with his coworkers’ performance, and insubordination. The district court concluded that Lord’s claims under Title VII for hostile work environment and retaliation failed as a matter of law and entered summary judgment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. Lord did not show that he was harassed because of his sex, nor did he cast doubt on the sincerity of his employer’s justifications for firing him.