Sexual Harassment

In a recent summary order, the Second Circuit in Barrows v. Seneca Foods Corp. vacated a summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s same-sex sexual harassment claim. Plaintiff alleged that Sanabria [one of plaintiff’s male supervisors] constantly made vulgar comments, such as “suck my dick,” “come here and give me a blowjob,” and “[f]aggot, get the…

Read More Male-on-male sexual harassment lawsuit survives summary judgment

Remember Alexandra Marchuk?  She’s the Vandy (!) Law grad who now finds herself as a defendant in a counter-suit (below) filed by defendants Faruqi & Faruqi and Juan Monteverde in response to the sexual harassment lawsuit she filed last month (which I wrote about here).  In it defendants seek $15 million on each of six counterclaims, including…

Read More The Empire Strikes Back: Law Firm Files $15M Counterclaim Against Ex-Associate

Below is the complaint filed on March 13, 2013 by Alexandra Marchuk (a Vandy Law grad) against law firm Faruqi & Faruqi – a self-proclaimed “recognized leader in protecting the rights of employees“- and its partner Juan E. Monteverde for sexual harassment. Among other things, plaintiff alleges: Mr. Monteverde intensified his improper actions on the…

Read More Briefs & Blow Jobs: Prominent Plaintiffs’ Law Firm And Partner Sued For Sexual Harassment

Summa v. Hofstra (11-1743, Feb. 21, 2013):  The Second Circuit found that plaintiff student/football team manager Lauren E. Summa presented sufficient evidence to support her retaliation (but not her harassment) claims against the defendants.  Plaintiff claimed that she was harassed by several football players and then subjected to retaliation for complaining about it.  Among other things,…

Read More 2nd Circuit: Student/Coach May Continue Retaliation, But Not Harassment, Claims Against Hofstra University

In a recent opinion (Desardouin v. City of Rochester, No. 12-187-cv (2nd Cir. Feb. 19, 2013)), the Second Circuit reversed a summary judgment for defendant and upheld plaintiff Jewanta Desardouin’s hostile work environment claim. It held that even though her case was not an “obvious” one of hostile work environment, plaintiff’s “allegations of repeated solicitation…

Read More Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Where Supervisor Said That Plaintiff’s Husband Was “Not Taking Care of Her in Bed”

In a recent complaint, captioned Gurievsky v. Saatch & Saatchi, NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty., Index 151547/2013, plaintiff alleges (among other things) that a creative director referred to women as “pretty prostitutes” and said that he liked the style of plaintiff’s hair “because it made her look like she had ‘just been fucked’”, and that plaintiff…

Read More Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Branding Company

As reported in the Huffington Post, a former Starbucks manager recently sued the company under the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws.  Plaintiff alleged that following her arrest for assaulting another employee, she was “accused” of having a lesbian relationship with that employee.  Plaintiff denies being gay. Plaintiff alleged (among other…

Read More Starbucks Manager Alleges She Was Fired After Opposing False Claim of Being Gay

In Farren v. Shaw Environmental, No. 12-1008 (2d Cir. Jan. 31, 2013), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s case due to a failure to exhaust administrative remedies in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and New York State Division of Human Rights (“DHR”), as required by Title VII of the…

Read More 2nd Circuit Explains Difference Between “Disparate Treatment” and “Hostile Work Environment” Theories As Relevant To Title VII’s Administrative Exhaustion Requirement