Hostile Work Environment

In Murtha v. New York State Gaming Commission et al, 17-cv-10040, 2019 WL 4450687 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq. (ADEA). The court summarized the pertinent law: The ADEA prohibits requiring people…

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In Chauca v. AdvantageCare Physicians, P.C., 2019 WL 4247495 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 6, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. The court summarized the basic elements of such a claim: To show that she was subjected to sex discrimination by virtue of a hostile work environment, plaintiff must show that…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Comments Were “Equally Offensive” to Men and Women

In Chow-Tai v Fulvio & Associates, LLP, No. 158939/2018, 2019 WL 4039146, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 32514(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 27, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s constructive discharge claim. From the decision: To establish a constructive discharge, Plaintiff must demonstrate “deliberate and intentional” acts of…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Survives Dismissal; Sexual Harassment and Other Claims Dismissed as Time-Barred

In Crookendale v. New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op 06446 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 3, 2019), the court held that plaintiff’s NYC Human Rights Law gender discrimination should not have been dismissed. From the decision: The motion court should not have dismissed the claim of gender discrimination while sustaining…

Read More NYCHRL Gender Discrimination Claim Should Not Have Been Dismissed, 1st Department Holds

Workplace harassment occurs in a variety of forms and contexts; it is impossible to identify all of the factual permutations that might give rise to an actionable employment discrimination/hostile work environment claim. One form in which harassment, or “hostile work environment”, claims arise is when the victim/plaintiff is directly targeted – e.g., misogynistic or racial comments made…

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In Rosen v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education, 2019 WL 4039958 (S.D.N.Y., 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff – a teacher – sufficiently alleged age discrimination under theories of “constructive discharge” and “hostile work environment.” In order to make out a prima facie case under the ADEA, the court explained, a plaintiff must show…

Read More Teacher Plausibly Alleges Age Discrimination, Court Holds

In Jordan v. United Health Group Inc., No. 18-2268, 2019 WL 4071943 (2d Cir. Aug. 29, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court briefly summarized the law: “A hostile work environment…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Alvarado v. Mount Pleasant Cottage School District et al, 2019 WL 4039149 (S.D.N.Y. August 27, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race and national origin-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized plaintiff’s allegations as follows: Here, Plaintiff has pointed to four incidents, perpetuated by Defendant Sheppard, that support her race/national origin-based hostile-work-environment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Not Sufficiently Alleged, Notwithstanding Tasteless, Mean, Ignorant, and Biased Comments

In Coku v. The New York Presbyterian Hospital et al, 17-cv-2488, 2019 WL 3779507 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 12, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the relevant legal standards, and noting that “the standard for establishing a hostile work environment is high”, the court noted that plaintiff did not meet…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Mistreatment Was Not Due to Protected Characteristic