Hostile Work Environment

In Ferraro v. New York City Dept. of Education, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the dismissal of plaintiff’s allegations of employment discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment, observing: “To the extent plaintiff alleges acts that occurred more than one year before he commenced this action (see Education Law § 3813[2-b]), it cannot be said, as…

Read More Discrimination Claims Based on Alleged Pattern of Unlawful Conduct Not Subject to Dismissal on Statute of Limitations Grounds
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In Sarkis v. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, the Second Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claims that he had been subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliation in violation of  42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York State Human Rights Law. Plaintiff sought…

Read More Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation Claims
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In Suares v. Cityscape Tours, the Southern District of New York dismissed plaintiff’s claims for, among other things, hostile work environment and retaliation, and granted defendants’ motions for summary judgment. Plaintiff worked as a NYC double-decker bus tour guide. Plaintiff alleged that, at a holiday party, a co-worker (Singh) assaulted her. Specifically, she alleged that Singh…

Read More Court Dismisses Hostile Work Environment Claim, Citing “Swift Termination” of Co-Worker Who Sexually Assaulted Plaintiff
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Below and here is the complaint filed this week in New York State Supreme court by Christina Young against Steven Hall & Partners LLC and Steven Hall personally. Plaintiff alleges, among other things, that “Hall and others have instigated and engaged in making numerous inappropriate verbal comments and other sexually suggestive activities”, including “encouraging female Managing…

Read More Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit Against Steven Hall & Partners
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In Castagna v. Luceno and Majestic Kitchens, 2014 WL 840820 (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated a district court’s grant of summary judgment to defendants, and held that a reasonable jury could conclude that plaintiff suffered a sex-based hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of…

Read More Physical Threats Directed Solely at Women Supported Claim of Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex
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Below is the state court complaint recently filed by Emily Feliciano against Starbucks and assistant manager Anthony Nunez. Among other things, plaintiff alleges that Nunez sexually harassed plaintiff verbally (such as by making an obscene observation that she was “wet”, telling her to call him “daddy”, and demanding sex) and physically (such as by trapping her…

Read More Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Starbucks
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In Pryor v. Jaffe & Asher, the Southern District of New York held that plaintiff adequately stated claims for hostile work environment, gender discrimination, and constructive discharge. Here are the facts, taken from plaintiff’s complaint: Defendant Jaffe & Asher is a law firm doing business in New York, New York. Defendant Jeffrey Tseng, an employee…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleged Hostile Work Environment, Gender Discrimination, and Constructive Discharge Claims Against Law Firm
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Happy Valentine’s Day! In keeping with what I hope will be a continued practice of keying blog posts to holidays, I present to you the case of Ashok v. Barnhart, 289 F. Supp. 2d 305 (EDNY 2003). In Ashok, plaintiff claimed that she was subjected to retaliation and a hostile work environment based on national…

Read More Allegedly “Humiliating” Valentine’s Day Poster Did Not Support Hostile Work Environment Claim
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In Kemp v. CSX Transp., Inc., the Northern District of New York recently denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs’ racially hostile work environment and disparate treatment claims. As to plaintiffs’ hostile work environment claims, the court held: Plaintiffs allege that they were subjected to vulgar racial language throughout their employment and often viewed…

Read More Citing “Vulgar Racial Language” and More Lenient Treatment of White Employees, Court Denies Summary Judgment on Plaintiff’s Race Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims
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In Matter of Arcuri v. Kirkland, the Appellate Division, Third Department annulled a decision by a State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that GPA Development Corporation subjected its employees, Adam Bargy and Orlando Colon, to a hostile work environment based on sexual harassment and retaliated against them for complaining about it. The…

Read More Court Annuls NYS Division of Human Rights Finding That Male Employees Were Subjected to Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation
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