Co-Worker Harassment

In Murphy v. Wappingers Central School District, 15-cv-7460, 2018 WL 1831847 (S.D.N.Y. April 16, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. In sum, the court held that the alleged harasser (DeFazio) created an “abusive” environment for the plaintiff, but that plaintiff could not show that the harasser’s conduct should be imputed to the…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; While Conduct Was “Abusive” There Was No Basis For Imputing it to Employer

In Salas v. New York City Department of Investigation, 2018 WL 1614339, 16-cv-8573 (S.D.N.Y. March 30, 2018), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion to dismiss, and held that plaintiff – who suffered from a stutter – stated a claim for a hostile work environment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From the decision:…

Read More Plaintiff, Mocked For Stuttering, States Hostile Work Environment Claim Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In Bell v. Baruch College—CUNY, 16-cv-8378, 2018 WL 1274782 (S.D.N.Y. March 9, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the NYC Human Rights Law, but denied its motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Title VII retaliation claim. In sum, plaintiff – a…

Read More Retaliation Claim, But Not Female-on-Male Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim, Survives Dismissal

In Hill v. Frontier Telephone of Rochester, Inc., 2018 WL 1256220 (W.D.N.Y., 2018) – a race discrimination/hostile work environment case – the court dismissed plaintiff’s case, finding that there was no issue of fact as to whether the alleged harasser’s conduct could be imputed to the employer. The court explained the law: Where, as here,…

Read More Co-Worker’s Harassment Not Imputed to Employer; Employer’s Response Held Sufficient

In MacCluskey v. University of Connecticut Health Center, 2017 WL 6463200 (2d Cir. Dec. 19, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s judgment following a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on her sexual harassment (hostile work environment) claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court framed…

Read More Sexual Harassment Jury Verdict Upheld; Co-Worker’s Sexual Harassment Imputable to Employer

In Kenney v. State of New York, Office of Children and Family Services, 16-cv-4522, 2017 WL 5633166 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2017), the court granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims. In sum, plaintiff asserted claims of “hostile work environment” and “quid pro quo” sexual harassment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Arising From Conduct of Non-Supervisor Co-Worker, Survives Summary Judgment

In Kassapian v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 07985, 2017 WL 5474008 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. Nov. 15, 2017), the Second Department held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of sexual harassment, age discrimination, and retaliation under the NYC Human Rights Law. As to plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim, the court explained: The allegation that…

Read More Sexual Harassment, Age Discrimination, and Retaliation Claims Survive Dismissal; Evidence Included Sex Toy at Work

In Legg v. Ulster County, et al, 2017 WL 3668777 (N.D.N.Y. 09-cv-00550, Aug. 24, 2017) (J. Scullin), the Northern District of New York, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict in favor of one plaintiff (a female corrections officer) on her hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1]The court also…

Read More NDNY Upholds Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Jury Verdict for Plaintiff Corrections Officer

In Dole v. Town of Bethlehem, No. 1:16-CV-0173 (DJS), 2017 WL 1483451 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment case. Plaintiff, a police officer, alleged that “she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment when Officer Craig Sleurs [whom plaintiff dated] sent her numerous harassing and threatening text messages…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed; Harassment Was Not Motivated by Victim’s Sex, But Rather By Failed Personal Relationship

In Bailey v. The Brooklyn Hospital Center (NY Sup  Ct. NY Cty. Index No. 160752/2013 (Jan. 5, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law on the ground that Brooklyn Hospital Center was not vicariously liable for the actions of the alleged harasser. Vicarious liability under the…

Read More Brooklyn Hospital Center Not Vicariously Liable for Sexual Harassment, Court Holds