A federal appeals court on Tuesday said U.S. Steel Corp could not be held liable for a male manager's alleged sexual harassment of a male employee at a plant near Detroit, because the manager was not a "supervisor" under federal anti-discrimination law.

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A unanimous three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not address claims by plaintiff David Hylko and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a federal judge who dismissed the case misinterpreted key U.S. Supreme Court precedent on same-sex harassment.

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