Courts usually do not consider a single incident of racially offensive conduct or racially demeaning remarks as creating a hostile workplace.
However, even a single incident can be considered severe if it involves physical harassment. Some examples of single incidents that courts have considered severe are:
• display of a noose;
• burning a cross;
• a favorable reference to the Ku Klux Klan;
• racial epithets; and,
• racial comparisons to an animal.