Sexual Harassment

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 defense to plaintiffs’ sexual harassment claims. Under that defendant may escape liability 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

Last year, New York enacted several pieces of legislation that enhance protections for sexual harassment victims. One such provision, codified in CPLR 7515, prohibits (with certain exceptions) mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims. The law provides, in full: (a) Definitions. As used in this section: 1. The term “employer” shall have the same meaning as…

Read More New York Law Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

It is not uncommon for a legal claim to be resolved by settlement. In such cases, the settlement will in all likelihood be memorialized in a settlement agreement which – in addition to setting out the basics of the agreement (i.e., a release of claims in exchange for monetary compensation) – will include additional provisions.…

Read More New York Law Limiting Use of Nondisclosure Agreements in Sexual Harassment Cases

A (relatively) recent (April 12, 2018) New York State law, Executive Law §  296-d, explicitly prohibits sexual harassment directed at non-employees. The law provides: It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to permit sexual harassment of non-employees in its workplace. An employer may be held liable to a non-employee who is a…

Read More New York Law Prohibiting Sexual Harassment Relating to Non-Employees

In Constance Felice, appellant, v Metropolitan Diagnostic Imaging Group, LLC, et al., respondents, et al., defendant., No. 2016/10529 (Index No. 4471/11), 2019 WL 1272557 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Mar. 20, 2019) – an employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation case – the court precluded plaintiff from using at trial certain audio files that were the subject…

Read More Audio Files, Not Produced, Precluded in Sexual Harassment Case

In Woolcock v. Lukes-Roosevelt, No. 518301/2016, 2019 WL 1206356 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Mar. 11, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. From the decision: [D]efendant fails to set forth that a reasonable victim of discrimination…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Against Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Survives Summary Judgment