Hostile Work Environment

In Green v. New York City Transit Authority et al, 15-cv-8204, 2020 WL 5632743 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim. Federal & State Law As to plaintiff’s claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the…

Read More Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Name-Calling, Pornography
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In Zheng-Smith v. Nassau Health Care Corporation, 18-cv-2585, 2020 WL 55117486 (EDNY Sept. 14, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims alleged under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. The court explained the black-letter law as follows: Although courts are…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Mocking of Accent, Dismissed
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In Trail v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, 17-cv-7273, 2020 WL 5504277 (SDNY Sept. 10, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. [1]I discussed the court’s denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to one aspect of plaintiff’s discrimination/disparate treatment…

Read More Title VII Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Padilla v. Sacks and Sacks, LLP, 2020 WL 5370799 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, wrongful discharge, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff, a gay Hispanic woman, was employed by defendant as a paralegal. After dismissing plaintiff’s…

Read More Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Allegations Did Not Make Out Claim For Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
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In a recent case, Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 19-cv-2142 (7th Cir. August 31, 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that plaintiff’s sexual-orientation based hostile work environment claim was not barred by the “ministerial exception”. From the decision: The ministerial exception is a matter of constitutional law, not…

Read More 7th Circuit: Hostile Work Environment Claim Not Barred by “Ministerial Exception”
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In Gunning v. New York State Justice Center for Protection of People With Special Needs, 2020 WL 5203673 (N.D.N.Y., September 1, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’ hostile work environment claim as untimely. This decision is instructive as to the application of the “continuing violation doctrine” in the context of a hostile work environment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Continuing Violation Doctrine Held Inapplicable
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In Harrisman v. The City of New York Department of Transportation et al, 2020 WL 5211043 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s religion-based hostile work environment claim. Initially, the court summarized the “black-letter” law governing this claim: To prove a prima facie case of a hostile work environment, a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Allegation That Female Co-Workers “Talked Too Much” Amounted to “Episodic”, “Inoffensive Utterances”
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In Stryker v. HSBC Securities (USA) et al, 2020 WL 5127461 (SDNY Aug. 31, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s disability-based hostile work environment claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New York State Human Rights Law, and New York City Human Rights Law. As…

Read More Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; “Legitimate Reprimands” Were Not Actionable
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In Olsson v. ABM Taxi Dispatch LaGuardia Airport, 2020 WL 5038742 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied what it construed as plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint to add a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Insufficiently Alleged; Motion to Amend Denied
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In Farooq v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation et al, 19-cv-6294, 2020 WL 5018387 (S.D.N.Y. August 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race/national origin/religion-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the applicable law as follows: To prevail on a hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim by Pakistani Pharmacist Plaintiff Dismissed Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.
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