2022

In Boncoeur v. Haverstrap-Stony Point Central School District et al, 20-CV-10923, 2022 WL 845770 (S.D.N.Y. March 22, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim(s). This case is yet another example of how a work environment that is “hostile” in the dictionary sense is not necessarily a “hostile work environment” under the…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Allegations of Mocking Accent, “Micro-Aggressions”, and Push Out of Office Insufficient
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In Abbt v. City of Houston, 2022 WL 764999 (5th Cir. March 11, 2022), the court, inter alia, reversed the lower court’s award of summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, this case arose from the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Asserted by Houston Firefighter, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Paschall v. Tube Processing Corporation, 2022 WL 775413 (7th Cir. March 15, 2022), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among other things, plaintiff alleged that a male co-worker made sexual/obscene…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Co-Worker’s Harassment Not Imputable to Employer
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In Gangadharan v. GNS Goods and Services, et al, 18-cv-7342, 2022 WL 824135 (E.D.N.Y. March 18, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff’s motion for default judgment on her claims of religion and gender-based hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Include “Muslim Bitch” Comments
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In Malone v. TDMW Management Inc., No. 5:21-cv-180, 2022 WL 507436 (N.D.Ala. Feb. 18, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff did not state a plausible sexual harassment (hostile work environment) claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and therefore denied plaintiff’s motion for a default judgment as to this…

Read More Title VII Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Not Plausibly Alleged; Three Instances of Harassment Insufficient
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In Doe v. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 1:20-CV-01416, 2022 WL 676970 (M.D.Pa. March 7, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim asserted under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681. In sum, plaintiff Doe was a graduate student at,…

Read More Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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In Miles v. Pepsico et al, 20-cv-1591, 2022 WL 798272 (N.D.N.Y. March 16, 2022), a case arising from allegations of a racially discriminatory workplace – asserted by one African American plaintiff and two of his Caucasian co-workers – the court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for (1) intentional infliction of emotional distress, (2)…

Read More Racially Discriminatory Workplace Allegations May Not Proceed Under “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress” Theory; Negligence Claims Barred by NY Workers’ Compensation Law
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In Felder v. United States Tennis Association, 2022 WL 663145 (2d Cir. March 7, 2022), the Second Circuit considered the question of what a Title VII plaintiff must adequately allege to plead the existence of an employer-employee relationship pursuant to the “joint employer” doctrine. The alleged facts, in sum/brief: a security company (AJ Security) hired…

Read More Second Circuit Clarifies Application of the “Joint Employer” Doctrine to Title VII Discrimination Claims
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In Montiel v. Degeorgio, No. 155126/2019, 2022 WL 783951 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 15, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss employment discrimination claims asserted by plaintiff under the New York City and State Human Rights Laws. Among other things, plaintiff – a 38 year-old Hispanic male employed as…

Read More Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Boat Basin Café
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In Ames v. New York City Dept. of Educ., No. 151743/2021, 2022 WL 705673 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 09, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint under CPLR 3211(a)(5), since it was barred by a release plaintiff entered into. From the decision: This action is barred by the releases…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Barred by Release; Duress Argument Rejected
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