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In Lawson v. Homenuk, 2017 WL 4534779 (2d Cir. Oct. 11, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s disability-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. From the Order: Although Lawson argues that her coworkers “constantly” […]

In Schultz v. Congregation Shearith Israel of the City of New York et al, 2017 WL 3427130 (2d Cir. Aug. 10, 2017), the Second Circuit (among other things) affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s constructive discharge claim. The court explained that “[t]he constructive-discharge doctrine contemplates a situation in which an employer discriminates against an […]

In Dineley v. Coach, Inc., No. 16-cv-3197 (DLC), 2017 WL 2963499 (S.D.N.Y. July 11, 2017), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim based on her disability (alcoholism). Initially, the court noted that while the Second Circuit has not yet decided whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides […]

In Burgos v. Works, No. 13-CV-704S, 2017 WL 2403305, at *8–9 (W.D.N.Y. June 2, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race and sex-based hostile work environment, race and sex-based adverse-action discrimination, and retaliation claims.[1]However, it dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination […]

In Matter of AMG Managing Partners v. NYS Div. of Human Rights, No. TP 16-01391, 2017 WL 1187641 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. Mar. 31, 2017), the court upheld a New York State Division of Human Rights determination that the complainant was subjected to hostile work environment sexual harassment, but reduced the emotional distress damages award to […]

In Bailey v. Reg’l Radio Grp. LLC, No. 15-cv-375, 2017 WL 1025948 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2017), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s gender-based disparate treatment (including constructive discharge), gender-based hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. In this case, plaintiff generally alleges that Defendant Ashworth discriminated against and harassed her and […]

In Bright-Asante v. Saks & Co., Inc., No. 15 CIV. 5876 (ER), 2017 WL 977587 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017) – an employment discrimination case arising from the suspension of an African American sales associate upon suspicion of theft – the court held, inter alia, that: (1) plaintiff’s statutory discrimination claims were not subject to mandatory […]

In Townsend v. Ganci, No. 16-CV-2814 (JFB), 2017 WL 752203 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2017), the Eastern District of New York upheld a Bankruptcy Court determination that a debt resulting from a judgment (following a jury verdict) for the plaintiff in an employment discrimination (sexual harassment/hostile work environment) case was non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. The law provides: The […]

An upstate sexual harassment lawsuit, Knapp v. General Electric Company, 16-cv-00340, has been settled (under undisclosed terms) following mandatory mediation. Plaintiff alleged, in her March 23, 2016 federal court complaint, that she was constructively discharged after she complained about sexual harassment. Specifically, plaintiff alleged (e.g.) that a supervisor left her notes such as “you look sexy […]

In La Porta v. Alacra, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op 06113 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 22, 2016), the court held that plaintiff stated claims for hostile work environment sexual harassment and retaliation (but not hostile work environment-based constructive discharge). The court summarized plaintiff’s claims as follows: Plaintiff, the manager of defendant Alacra’s New York City […]