In Royal v. CCC&R Tres Arboles, LLC, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Texas, among other states) revived an employee’s retaliation claim where she was fired shortly after she complained about coworkers subjecting her to sexually suggestive sniffing. According to the employee, two coworkers would hover over her and sniff her—occurring twelve times per coworker over the course of her four-day tenure with the employer. The employee complained about the sniffing and other objectionable conduct, to which the assistant manager advised her to “let it slide” and commented “you know how men are like when they get out of prison.” At a staff meeting the next day, the employee stated that she did not like the sniffing; she also inquired about the coworker’s conduct in a follow-on meeting with her manager and assistant manager. That afternoon, the employer fired the employee. The employer later justified its action, claiming the employee swatted a fly harder than necessary and slammed a door. The trial court dismissed the employee’s claims. On appeal, the Fifth Circuit revived the employee’s retaliation claim (the only subject of the appeal), finding she presented sufficient evidence for a jury to conclude the employer terminated her for complaints about sexual harassment.