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Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

A recent Tenth Circuit decision, Jones v. Needham Trucking LLC et al, 16-6156 (10th Cir. May 12, 2017), illustrates the close relationship between the court-recognized “hostile work environment” and “quid pro quo” forms of sexual harassment. The district court granted defendants’ partial motion to dismiss, holding that plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies for […]

In a recently-filed lawsuit, Baker v. Olive Garden et al., EDNY 17-cv-00392 (filed 1/25/17), plaintiff (an Olive Garden waitress) alleges, inter alia, that she was subjected to sexual harassment – including sexual comments and touching – by her manager.

In Figueroa v. Johnson, 648 F. App’x 130, 133 (2d Cir. 2016), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender/national origin discrimination, hostile work environment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, and retaliation claims. Plaintiff, a Customs and Border Protection Officer at JFK Airport, argued (inter alia) that he was discriminated against on the basis of gender […]

In Richardson-Holness v. Alexander, No. 13-CV-2761 (NG), 2016 WL 4027978 (E.D.N.Y. July 26, 2016), the court denied in part defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim (with respect to certain alleged actions) and her hostile work environment claim. In sum, plaintiff (a probationary teacher) alleged “that defendant Michael A. […]

In Felmine v. Service Star, No. 13-cv-2641, 2016 WL 4005763 (E.D.N.Y. July 25, 2016), the court granted defendants’ summary judgment motion and dismissed plaintiff’s claims for (1) quid pro quo sexual harassment, (2) hostile work environment, (3) retaliation, and (4) disability discrimination. Plaintiff – a cargo handling agent – alleged that defendant “subjected him to […]

In a lawsuit captioned Gonzalez v. Manhattan Auto Care (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. 156078/2016 filed July 21, 2016), plaintiff asserts various claims – including hostile work environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation under the NYC Human Rights Law – against defendants Manhattan Auto Care Inc. and Richard Rubino. Among other […]

In a complaint captioned Almestica v. The New York Friars Club et al (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Index No. 153986/2016 filed May 11, 2016), plaintiff – a receptionist who worked at the Friars Club’s midtown Manhattan club – alleges, among other things, that Keith Charet (a Friars Club officer) subjected her to sexual harassment – by, e.g., […]

In Shalom v. Hunter Coll. of City Univ. of New York, No. 14-3426-CV, 2016 WL 1358607 (2d Cir. Apr. 6, 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claims under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) for (1) quid pro quo sexual harassment, (2) hostile educational environment, […]

In a lawsuit filed this week, captioned Villalta v. JS Barkats PLLC and Sunny Barkats, 16-cv-2772 (SDNY filed April 13, 2016), plaintiff asserts claims of gender discrimination and quid pro quo and hostile work environment sexual harassment against a Manhattan law firm and its owner. Plaintiff alleges, among other things: Defendant [Sunny] Barkats exploited Plaintiff, who […]

In Bouveng v. NYG Capital LLC et al, No. 14 CIV. 5474 (PGG), 2016 WL 1312139 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016), Judge Gardephe – in a lengthy and thoughtful opinion – ruled on defendants’ post-trial motions following a jury’s verdict in favor of, and considerable award to, Hanna Bouveng in her sexual harassment lawsuit against various […]