In Washington D.C. 1974, Mechelle Vinson was hired by Sidney L. Taylor, as a Bank Teller. Taylor was her supervisor in her banks' department.
On November 1, 1978, the bank discharged her for excessive use of sick leave for an indefinite time.
The court criticized the nondiscimination policy, which did not specifically address sexual harassment, and it noted that the grievance procedures required employees to notify supervisors, which in this case would have been Taylor. The Supreme Court thus remanded the case for further consideration. It was eventually settled out of court, the terms of which were not disclosed.
During her four years at the bank, she had "constantly been subjected to sexual harassment" by Taylor in violation of Title VII. This problem first occurred in 1975.
The Supreme court decided the case on June 19th , 1986 . It was argued on March 25, 1986
The supreme court decided to hear this case because it was a violation of Title VII which may be predicated on either of two types of sexual harassment
1. Harassment that involves the conditioning of employment benefits on sexual favors. 2. Harassment that, while not affecting economic benefits, creates a hostile or offensive working environment