Hostile Work Environment

In Edun v. Envirosell, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 31384(U), Index No. 155211/2016 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. May 17, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination claims. This decision provides a good overview of the interpretation and application of the New York City Human Rights Law. Here is how the court addressed one of plaintiff’s allegations:…

Read More Terrorist “Joke” Insufficient to Demonstrate Discrimination

In McIntyre v. Corning Incorporated, 15-cv-6277, 2019 WL 2140625 (W.D.N.Y., 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII hostile work environment claim, finding that plaintiff did not show that he was subjected to a hostile work environment within 300 days of his EEOC complaint. In this case, plaintiff alleged (inter alia) that he was…

Read More Untimely, Non-Gender Based Conduct Did Not Amount to a Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Holds

In Montanez v. McDean LLC, 2019 WL 2153298 (2d Cir. May 16, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The law, as summarized by the court: To establish a hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must show, inter alia, that “the workplace was permeated with…

Read More Hostile Work Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Additional Work, Reprimands, Etc. Insufficient__

In Kurlender v. Ironside Group, Inc., 2019 WL 1317405 (E.D.N.Y., 2019), the court fully adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation, inter alia, denying defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Amended Complaint’s allegation that he was subjected to hostile work environment sexual harassment. The court summarized plaintiff’s allegations as follows: Plaintiff alleges in the Amended Complaint…

Read More Allegation of “Unwanted Touching” Sufficient to Plead Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

In Rehal v Weinstein, No. 151738/2018, 2019 WL 2088435 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County May 13, 2019), the court denied Robert Weinstein’s motion to dismiss the complaint against him in connection with the alleged hostile work environment primarily caused by Harvey Weinstein. Among other things, the court held that the Southern District of New…

Read More Court Denies Robert Weinstein’s Motion to Dismiss Discrimination Complaint

In Martin v. New York State et al, 17-cv-9721, 2019 WL 2053992 (S.D.N.Y. May 9, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim based on the conduct of a non “supervisor.” The court’s decision turned on that branch of the law providing that “[w]hen the harassment is perpetrated by a non-supervisory coworker, an…

Read More Court Dismisses Sexual Harassment Claim Based on Conduct By Non-Supervisor

A recent decision, Dotson v. City of Syracuse et al, 18-cv-750, 2019 WL 2009076 (N.D.N.Y. May 7, 2019), underscores that so-called “hostile work environment” claims require more than simply “derogatory”, “boorish”, or “offensive” language. The court summarized the well-established law applicable to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim: In determining whether conduct constitutes a hostile work…

Read More Derogatory, Boorish Language Did Not Give Rise to Hostile Work Environment

In McCullough v. John T. Mather Hospital of Port Jefferson, New York, Inc., 16-cv-4968, 2019 WL 1755436 (EDNY April 19, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. It summarized the law as follows: Title VII and NYSHRL prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of race, color,…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; “Inappropriate” Comments Were Insufficiently Severe, and Not Tied to Protected Status

In Anderson v. NYC Health and Hospitals (Coney Island Hospital), 2019 WL 1765221 (E.D.N.Y. April 22, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff failed to state a claim for hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It summarized the (well-established) law as follows: In order to prevail on…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Amended Complaint Failed to Allege Specifics

In Torres v. City of New York, 2019 WL 1765223 (S.D.N.Y. April 22, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination and hostile work environment claims. From the decision: The Complaint describes two incidents in which Chu made disparaging remarks in Plaintiff’s presence over the course of two years. The first incident occurred in…

Read More Court Dismisses NYPD Officer’s Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims