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In Legg v. Ulster County, et al, 2017 WL 3668777 (N.D.N.Y. 09-cv-00550, Aug. 24, 2017) (J. Scullin), the Northern District of New York, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict in favor of one plaintiff (a female corrections officer) on her hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1]The court also […]

In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court discussed and applied the “continuing violation” doctrine/exception under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I addressed other aspects of this case, including the court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s “perceived as Muslim” discrimination claim, here.) The court summarized […]

In Brooks v. City of Utica, No. 16-cv-1427, 2017 WL 3242273 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2017), the court ruled on claims asserted by plaintiff – a firefighter-paramedic and practicing Nazirite – of discrimination based on religion, retaliation, failure to accommodate religious beliefs, and hostile work environment. Plaintiff’s religious observance as a Nazirite required him to keep […]

In Brooks v. City of Utica, No. 16-cv-1427, 2017 WL 3242273 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2017), the court ruled on claims asserted by plaintiff – a firefighter-paramedic and practicing Nazirite – of discrimination based on religion, retaliation, failure to accommodate religious beliefs, and hostile work environment. Plaintiff’s religious observance as a Nazirite required him to keep […]

In Phillips v. Central New York Psychiatric Center, No. 16-cv-0219, 2017 WL 2869938 (N.D.N.Y. July 5, 2017), the court articulated and applied the legal framework for evaluating comments as evidence of unlawful discrimination. The court explained: Verbal comments provide evidence of discriminatory intent when the plaintiff shows that a nexus exists between the allegedly discriminatory […]

In Kirkland v. Speedway LLC, No. 15-cv-1184, 2017 WL 2198963 (N.D.N.Y. May 18, 2017) (J. Scullin), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment under the NYS Human Rights Law. From the decision: Plaintiff proffers the following […]

In Dole v. Town of Bethlehem, No. 1:16-CV-0173 (DJS), 2017 WL 1483451 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment case. Plaintiff, a police officer, alleged that “she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment when Officer Craig Sleurs [whom plaintiff dated] sent her numerous harassing and threatening text messages […]

In Fish v. 1295 Aroxy Cleaners, No. 15-cv-102, 2017 WL 1496244 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2017), a sexual harassment hostile work environment case, the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: According to [plaintiff] Fish, [plaintiff’s primary supervisor Hagop] Poladian began sexually harassing her at the end […]

In Garvey v. Childtime Learning Ctr., No. 5:16-CV-1073, 2017 WL 1378179 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 13, 2017), the Judge McAvoy adopted Magistrate Judge Baxter’s Report and Recommendation that plaintiff’s discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – based on the failure to hire him due to his perceived sexual orientation – be […]

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 […]