Hostile Work Environment

In Bouziotis v. Iron Bar, LLC, 2022 WL 1144916 (N.J. Super. A.D. April 19, 2022), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). In sum, plaintiff alleged that, among other things, instead of using plaintiff’s proper name, the defendant bar’s part owner (individual defendant…

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In Chica v. Shallu Construction Corp., 21-cv-869, 2022 WL 970744 (E.D.N.Y. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiffs – who are Hispanic and of Latin American descent – sufficiently alleged race-based hostile work environment claims against defendants. As to individual defendant Amninder Singh, the court explained: Plaintiffs have pleaded a “steady barrage…

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In Miller v. New York State Police et al, 2022 WL 1133010 (2d Cir. April 18, 2022), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the lower court’s dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the well-established black-letter law of hostile work environment claims, the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; Alleged 12 Incidents Over 3 Years Insufficient
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In Davis v. Elwyn, Inc., 20-cv-05798, 2022 WL 970842 (E.D.Pa. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff, who worked as a Mental Health Program Specialist for defendant, alleged that defendant subjected her to a hostile work environment…

Read More Sex/Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Mental Health Specialist Did Not Suffer “Objectively” Hostile Environment Resulting From Patient’s Alleged Harassment
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In Taylor v. Haaland, 2022 WL 990682 (D.D.C. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the “black letter” law governing such a claim, the court applied it to the facts: Here, Taylor argues that the Department created a hostile work environment by: (1)…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Unpleasant” and “Offensive” Conduct Insufficient
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A recent case, Davis v. Arcelormittal USA, LLC, 18-cv-318 (N.D. Ind. April 15, 2022), is instructive on the “exhaustion of administrative remedies” principle of federal employment discrimination law. Here (in sum) plaintiff submitted a Charge of Discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in which she asserted of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate disability…

Read More Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed as Not Administratively Exhausted at EEOC
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In Sherman v. Kendall, CIV-21-484-F, 2022 WL 1094617 (W.D.Okla. April 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Upon review, the court again concludes that Sherman has failed to…

Read More Lack of Racial Motivation Dooms Hostile Work Environment, Constructive Discharge Claims
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In Franks v. Edison Electric Institute, 20-cv-3393, 2022 WL 971157 (D.D.C. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. It explained: Plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims are all rooted in Plaintiff’s relationship with her supervisor, Kathy Steckelberg, and the actions Steckelberg took against her. Franks points to, for example, Steckelberg’s…

Read More “Silent Treatment” Etc. Did Not Amount to Hostile Work Environment, Court Holds
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In Pascua v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., 20 C 2510, 2022 WL 1045639 (N.D.Ill. April 7, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the black-letter law – including the element that the alleged…

Read More Title VII Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Rude” and “Unprofessional” Behavior Was Insufficiently Connected to Gender
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In Clayton v. Dreamstyle Remodeling of Colorado, LLC, 20–cv–02096, 2022 WL 910957 (D.Colo. March 28, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, survived summary judgment. From the decision: To defeat a motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Sexual Comments, Photographs
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