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In Black v. Buffalo Meat Serv., Inc., No. 15CV49S, 2017 WL 1196469 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017) – a race/sex hostile work environment and constructive discharge case – the court ruled on the parties’ respective discovery motions. The facts, as summarized by the court: Plaintiff claims that defendants created a hostile work environment on the basis […]

In Hsueh v. N.Y. State Dep’t of Fin. Servs., No. 15 CIV. 3401 (PAC), 2017 WL 1194706 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court imposed spoliation sanctions on a sexual harassment plaintiff arising from her deletion of a digital recording of a conversation with an HR representative. Initially, the court held that, while the recording constitutes “electronically […]

In yet another sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News and Roger Ailes, captioned Roginsky v. Fox News Network LLC (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Index 153065/2017) (filed April 3, 2017), plaintiff Julie Roginsky asserts (inter alia) that defendants Fox News, Roger Ailes, and Bill Shine (co-President of Fox News Network) “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and […]

In Rivera v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. 303092/08, 2017 WL 1082764, at *1 (N.Y. App. Div. Mar. 23, 2017), the court upheld jury findings of gender discrimination and retaliation. This case illustrates, among other things, how workplace rumors/gossip can give rise to an actionable claim. As to plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim, the court explained: […]

In Matter of AMG Managing Partners v. NYS Div. of Human Rights, No. TP 16-01391, 2017 WL 1187641 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. Mar. 31, 2017), the court upheld a New York State Division of Human Rights determination that the complainant was subjected to hostile work environment sexual harassment, but reduced the emotional distress damages award to […]

In Cowan v. City of Mount Vernon, No. 14-CV-8871 (KMK), 2017 WL 1169667 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim as insufficiently pled. This decision illustrates the degree of specificity courts look for when evaluating these types of claims on a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. From […]

In a recent Manhattan federal court lawsuit, Ahmed v. American Museum of Natural History (SDNY 17-2095 filed March 23, 2017), the male plaintiff asserts that he was subjected to retaliation for opposing sexual harassment by his boss (Samuel Tran) of a female colleague, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

In Simons v. Petrarch LLC and Hicham Aboutaam, 2017 NY Slip Op 30457(U) (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. March 1, 2017) (J. Hagler), a sexual harassment case, the court applied spoliation sanctions on plaintiff. This case is instructive as to the obligations of litigants generally, and in sexual harassment cases in particular, to preserve evidence. […]

In Bailey v. Reg’l Radio Grp. LLC, No. 15-cv-375, 2017 WL 1025948 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2017), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s gender-based disparate treatment (including constructive discharge), gender-based hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. In this case, plaintiff generally alleges that Defendant Ashworth discriminated against and harassed her and […]

In Bailey v. N.Y. Law Sch., No. 16 CIV. 4283 (ER), 2017 WL 835190 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 1, 2017) (J. Ramos), the court held that plaintiff (a law student) sufficiently alleged a retaliation claim (but not a “deliberate indifference” claim) under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972. This case arose from an alleged […]