Sexual Harassment

In Sansone v. Jazz Casino Company, LLC D/B/A Harrah’s Casino, No. 20-30640, 2021 WL 3919249 (5th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment / sexual harassment claim. Plaintiff – a baccarat dealer – alleged, among other things, that she was harassed…

Read More Customer-Based Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Harrah’s
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In Johnson v. Ford Motor Company, 2021 WL 3928920 (6th Cir. Sept. 2, 2021), the court reversed the lower court’s Order granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of race-based hostile work environment/harassment under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. From the decision: [T]he district court erred in granting summary judgment to Ford on the…

Read More “Intertwined” Race/Sex Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Ford Motor Company
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In a recent case emanating from the Northern District of Illinois, Miller v. Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp., No. 20 C 414, 2021 WL 3883080 (N.D.Ill. Aug. 31, 2021), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of sexually hostile work environment. This case is instructive as to how courts evaluate the situation…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on Photo and Vulgar Comments, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Tantaros v. Fox News Network, LLC, No. 20-3413 (2d Cir. Aug. 27, 2021), the court affirmed the district court’s denial of plaintiff Andrea Tantaros’ motion to remand her sexual harassment case to state court. Plaintiff had initially sued in state court, asserting that under New York law (specifically, NY CPLR 7515) her case was…

Read More Andrea Tantaros’ Sexual Harassment Case to Remain in Federal Court
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In Gibbs v. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General of the Unites States Postal Service, 2021 WL 3661277 (D.N.J. Aug. 18, 2021), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to the interpretation and application of…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Threat (and Settlement) of Sexual Harassment Claim May Qualify as Protected “Opposition”
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In Wolfe v. Carter’s, Inc., 19-cv-560, 2021 WL 3562911 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 11, 2021), the court recommended the dismissal of plaintiff’s “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment” sexual harassment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case is instructive regarding, for example, the circumstances under which “requests for…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissal Recommended; Invitations Did Not Amount to “Unwelcome” Conduct Comprising “Sexual Advances or Favors”
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In Maner v. Dignity Health, 18-17159, 2021 WL 3699780 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964, on a “paramour preference” theory. From the decision: In this appeal,…

Read More Ninth Circuit Rejects “Paramour Preference” Theory of Title VII Sex Discrimination Claims
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In Lee v. Engel Burman Grande Care at Jericho, LLC, et al, 20-CV-3093, 2021 WL 3725986 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2021), the court granted defendants’ motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims, and stayed the action pending the outcome of arbitration. Specifically, the court rejected plaintiff’s arguments seeking to avoid arbitration on the grounds…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claims Stayed Pending Arbitration
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In Sutton v. Stony Brook University et al, 18-cv-7434, 2021 WL 3667013 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.[1]Plaintiff also alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution pursuant…

Read More Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed Against Stony Brook University
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In Hairston v. Christine Wormuth, Secretary, Department of the Army, N0. 20-1806, 2021 WL 3196469 (8th Cir. 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim against the defendant Army. Plaintiff, a general supply specialist, alleged that her immediate supervisor (Johnson) subjected her…

Read More Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Army; “Nice Booty” Comment Withstanding
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