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Authors

Laura Marston

Abstract

This note examines the Court's decision in Suders and the evolution of the constructive discharge doctrine, specifically its applicability to Title VII sexual harassment cases. Part II analyzes the origins and purpose of the doctrine. Part III discusses the Court's previous decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth4 and Faragher v. Boca Raton, which set the framework for Suders by establishing the important affirmative defense to Title VII constructive discharge cases that the Court in Suders more clearly defined. Part IV considers the Supreme Court's decision in Suders in light of Ellerth and Faragher, and Part V concludes with the practical impact the Suders decision will have on future employment practices.