Sexual Harassment

In Chin v. Alejandro Torres et al, 2018 WL 6435898, at *2 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 7, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment complaint, citing the well-established principle that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not applicable against individual defendants. As summarized by the court, plaintiff “alleges that she was employed in…

Read More Court Dismisses Title VII Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Individual Defendants

From THOMAS GIBB, Plaintiff, v. TAPESTRY, INC. d/b/a Stuart Weitzman, Defendant., 2018 WL 6329403, at *5–6 (S.D.N.Y., 2018): Congress has unequivocally addressed the exclusive conditions under which Title VII complainants may bring a private suit in federal court. As this Court previously held in Henschke, “the language of section 2000e-5(f)(1) explicitly requires that one of two…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed in Light of Premature EEOC Right-to-Sue Letter

Facebook will be ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims; Google will be doing the same. This, from the victims’ perspective, is a good thing, as it permits them access to a wider range of options and remedies should they elect to proceed with their claims. What is Arbitration?[1]The full scope of the law of arbitration…

Read More Companies to End Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

A new statute, New York Labor Law § 201-g (effective October 9, 2018), requires every employer to adopt a “sexual harassment prevention policy” that meets certain minimum requirements. The statute provides, inter alia: Such model sexual harassment prevention policy shall: (i) prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the department in consultation with the division…

Read More New York Requires Employers to Adopt Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

In Alexander v. Possible Productions, Inc., 17-cv-5532, 2018 WL 4804638 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 2018), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of retaliation and sex-based discrimination/sexual harassment. In sum, plaintiff – who was employed by Showtime as a body double for the character Alison on the TV show “The Affair” – alleges that…

Read More Body Double’s Sexual Harassment Claims Survive Dismissal, Not Subject to Arbitration

In Morris v. New York City Health and Hospital Corp., 09-CV-5692, 2018 WL 4762247 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment (hostile work environment) claim, with respect to one alleged harasser. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: After assessing the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against NYC Health & Hospital Corp.

In Maines et al v. Last Chance Funding, Inc. d/b/a The LCF Group et al, 2018 WL 4558408 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that one plaintiff (Alexandre) sufficiently stated a claim for hostile work environment based on gender in a proposed amended complaint.[1]The court also held that this particular plaintiff also sufficiently alleged…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Claims Include Inappropriate Touching and Viewing Pornography

As you may know, SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of engaging in sexual misconduct against one, and possibly several, women, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The allegations are based on conduct that allegedly occurred decades ago. This, predictably, has resulted in significant discussions, on social media and likely elsewhere, about the nature and likely…

Read More The Dangers of Failing to Report Workplace Sexual Harassment