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Can You Really Get Fired For Listening to Hip Hop at Work?

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In a recent decision, rap music became front and center of a workplace harassment lawsuit. In Stephanie Sharp v. S&S Activewear, LLC, the court was tasked with determining whether sexually abusive, violent, and misogynistic music could be considered part of a sex-based hostile work environment under Title VII. A group of employees alleged that their employer permitted sexually graphic and offensive music to be played in its warehouse. The music was audible throughout the warehouse, and it contained the “repetitive use of gender-offensive terms such as ‘bitch’ and ‘c__t.’ ” The music featured artists such as Too Short, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and other rappers. 

This program will take a closer look at the music at issue, and the extent to which the playing of the music and other acts of harassment created a sex-based hostile work environment. 

This session will offer practice pointers for employers in similar situations.

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Labor & Workforce Management Law
  • Media & Communication Law
  • Sexual Harassment


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit