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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 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. 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 […]

In Kalafatoglu v. Beauty 35, Inc. (NY Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. 711763/2015 Order dated Jan. 25, 2017), the court held that plaintiff stated claims for gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, and false arrest. (It held, however, that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege retaliation.) The court summarized plaintiff’s […]

Over the years, courts have developed a sophisticated burden-shifting analysis and framework for evaluating employment discrimination and retaliation claims under the various anti-discrimination statutes, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. A recent decision explains why a jury should not be […]

In Dash v. The Board of Education of the City School District of New York, No. 15-CV-2013, 2017 WL 838226 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 3, 2017), the court held that the plaintiff – a male, African American assistant principal – presented enough facts to overcome defendant’s motion for summary judgment (in part), and permitted his hostile work environment […]