Sexual Harassment

In Hernandez v. Premium Merchant Funding One, LLC et al, 2020 WL 3962108 (S.D.N.Y. July 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court found that certain “despicable if true” actions were…

Read More Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment (Title VII) Claim Survives Dismissal; Some Alleged Conduct Not “Pervasive” But Alleged Touching/Grabbing Was “Severe”
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In Jarusauskaite v. Almod Diamonds, Ltd., No. 154732/2019, 2020 WL 3618936 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim against the entity defendant’s Board of Directors, based on the alleged harassment by an individual. From the decision: To sustain a hostile work environment…

Read More Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Board of Directors
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In Tirschwell v. TCW Group Inc., No. 150777/2018, 2020 WL 3104364, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 31816(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender discrimination / sexual harassment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: [P]laintiff…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim May Proceed to Jury; Alleged Harasser’s Denial of Sexual Conduct Presented Fact Issue
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A recently-issued Consent Decree in the matter of EEOC v. GRK Pas LLC d/b/a GRK Fresh Greek, 2020 WL 3073786 (S.D.N.Y. June 10, 2020) reflects the resolution of plaintiffs’ hostile work environment sexual harassment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the Decree: Considering Defendants’ ongoing financial difficulties. the…

Read More EEOC Consent Decree Reached with GRK Fresh Holdings in Sexual Harassment Case
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In Mejia v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2837008, at *14 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Plaintiff asserts claims for quid pro quo sexual harassment under NYSHRL and NYCHRL. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when…

Read More Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Court Cites Absence of Action Following Rejection of Sexual Overture
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In Erno v. New York State Office of Information Technology Services, 2020 WL 2736563 (N.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Considered in totality, the Court finds that the facts alleged by Plaintiff are sufficient to state a hostile work…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Sexist Jokes
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In Jones v. Fox Rothschild LLP, 2020 WL 2521328 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), a sexual harassment case, the court transferred the case to the District of New Jersey. After summarizing the general principles governing the setting of venue in a federal district court – namely, that venue lies in a district “in which a substantial…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Against Fox Rothschild Transferred to New Jersey
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In Small v. Cuer, 2020 WL 2215585 (2d Cir. May 7, 2020) (Summary Order), a sexual harassment case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that, inter alia, largely upheld a substantial jury award in plaintiff’s favor for emotional distress and punitive damages. The jury had awarded $1.55…

Read More 2d Circuit Upholds Substantial Emotional Distress and Punitive Damages Awards in Sexual Harassment Case
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In Pakniat v Moor et al, No. 160019/2019, 2020 WL 2198218 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County May 04, 2020), a sexual harassment case, the court held that the plaintiff did not satisfy the geographical requirements of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. The facts, briefly: [P]laintiff lived and worked in Canada…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claims Dismissed; Geographical Requirements of NY State and City Human Rights Laws Not Satisfied
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In Soto v. CDL (New York) L.L.C., 2020 WL 2133370 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020) (J. Failla), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. In a prior blog post, I addressed the court’s conclusion that plaintiff raised a triable issue issue of fact as to…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Court Differentiates Between Verbal and Physical Harassment: Part II
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