Hostile Work Environment

In Butrym v. Sarsick et al, 20-CV-292, 2021 WL 1927073 (N.D.N.Y. May 13, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Initially, the court discussed the viability of such claims under that statue: Because the ADA echoes and expressly refers to Title VII, and because…

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In Mitchell v. New York City, No. 161543/2018, 2021 WL 1825353 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 30, 2021), the court denied plaintiff’s motion to reargue the court’s prior decision granting summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s discrimination and hostile work environment claims, as well as to amend the complaint. As to the former,…

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In Sears-Barnett v. Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc., 16-CV-426, 2021 WL 1202206 (N.D.N.Y. March 31 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment / hostile work environment claim. This case is an example of the “Faragher Ellerth” affirmative defense in action, and generally illustrates the risk associated with failing to timely assert a harassment…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed; Court Cites “Two Years of Silence” Pre-Complaint
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In Akhtar v. Saudia d/b/a Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp., 2021 WL 1758807 (S.D.N.Y. May 4, 2021), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged national origin and gender-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. As to…

Read More Gender and National Origin-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Continue Against Saudi Arabian Airlines
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In Ramos v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad et al, 2021 WL 1740644 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., May 04, 2021), the court held that plaintiff presented enough evidence to defeat defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory termination, failure to accommodate, hostile work environment, and retaliation. As to plaintiff’s wrongful termination claim, the court held…

Read More Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Survive Against Metro-North
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In Matter of New York State Division of Human Rights v. GSN Transportation et al, No. 89, TP 20-01098, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 02629, 2021 WL 1711190 (N.Y.A.D. 4 Dept., Apr. 30, 2021), the court (a) unanimously confirmed a determination of the New York State Division of Human Rights which found that respondents GNS Transportation…

Read More Court Upholds Finding of Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment and Award of $7,500 in Compensatory Damages Against GSN Transportation
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In Henry v. McDonald, 2021 WL 1309729 (E.D.N.Y. March 31 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Plaintiff has failed to present evidence that Defendant discriminated against him based on any protected characteristic to support his hostile…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Discrimination Based on “Educational Background” Not Actionable Under Title VII
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In Kohler v. Federal Emergency Management Agency, et al, 17-cv-07839, 2021 WL 1240322 (S.D.N.Y. April 2, 2021), the court, inter alia, ruled against plaintiff on her sex/gender-based hostile work environment claim. The court outlined the legal elements of such a claim: A plaintiff claiming that her employer created or tolerated a hostile work environment based…

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In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 2021 WL 1226658 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Con Edison; Slavery Comment Cited
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In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 2021 WL 1226658 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Con Edison
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