Sexual Harassment

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 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

In Boyce v. Weber, No. 160630/2017, 2019 WL 1470219, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 30864(U), 6 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 03, 2019), the court allowed plaintiff – a male model – the opportunity to amend his complaint against photographer Bruce Weber to add a claim (to his existing claims alleging sexual harassment and…

Read More Court Permits Trafficking Victims Protection Act Claim to be Added to Complaint Against Photographer Bruce Weber

In Barbini v. First Niagara Bank, N.A., 16-cv-7887, 2019 WL 1922041 (S.D.N.Y. April 29, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that defendant waived the attorney-client privilege in connection with asserting the Faragher/Ellerth┬ádefense to plaintiffs’ sexual harassment claims. Under that defendant may escape┬áliability if it can show two things, namely, (1) the employer exercised reasonable care…

Read More Invocation of Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Case Waives Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Finds

In Collymore v. City of New York et al, 18-2099 (2d Cir. April 11, 2019) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court wrote: Collymore alleges that Lisa Maluf, her…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Touching Not Shown to be “Because of” Plaintiff’s Sex

In Ravina v. Columbia University and Geert Bekaert, 16-cv-2137, 2019 WL 1450449 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2019), a sexual harassment/retaliation case, the court denied defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on plaintiff’s retaliation claim, but granted its motion for remittitur as to the jury’s damage awards for compensatory/emotional distress damages and punitive damages.…

Read More Jury Verdict of Retaliation for Complaints of Sexual Harassment Against Columbia University Professor Upheld