Larry Byers worked for Premier Apartment Staffing Services and was assigned to the Honeytree II Ltd. Partnership as a temporary worker. While working at that site, he was routinely addressed by a Honeytree employee with racial slurs. Byers complained, and the Honeytree employee was threatened with discipline. When Byers complained about a second incident, Premier immediately assigned Byers to work at a different facility. When Byers sued, charging racial discrimination, his employer argued that his was a routine re-assignment based on a delay in the pending sale; the Honeytree Partnership alleged that it had responded properly to an employee's illegal act and owed no further duty. Both the trial court and the Court of Appeals rejected Byers' claims and dismissed his suit.