Sexual Harassment

Below is the complaint recently filed by Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera against the State of New York, in light of the Supreme Court’s March 7, 2014 dismissal of their claims against the Assembly of the State of New York. Their claims arise, as before, from the alleged sexual harassment committed by Vito Lopez and condoned by…

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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…

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The Southern District of New York recently reiterated, in Wermann v. Excel Dentistry PC, that “a plaintiff may bring a retaliation claim stemming from an employer’s opposition to her unemployment benefits application” and that “filing retaliatory counterclaims may violate” the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleged Retaliation Based on Defendants’ Opposing Unemployment Benefits and “Frivolous” Counterclaims in Sexual Harassment Case
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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…

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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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In Pecile v. Titan Capital Group, the Appellate Division, First Department, ruled on a number of discovery issues relating to, among other issues, plaintiffs’ social media postings. The case made headlines a few years back (e.g., here, here, and here) due to its racy allegations that financier Russell Abrams forced his assistant, plaintiff Danielle Pecile, to get prints of honeymoon…

Read More Court Rules on Discovery Issues in “Topless Wife Photo” Sexual Harassment Case Against Titan Capital and Russell Abrams
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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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In Anderson v. Edmiston & Co., Inc., the Supreme Court, New York County recently held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged gender discrimination, sexual harassment/hostile work environment, and retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law. Plaintiff alleged that while employed by defendant company, her supervisor, Robert Shepherd, made various remarks implying “his disrespect for women…

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In a recent decision (Sloth v. Constellation Brands), the Western District of New York declined to give collateral estoppel effect to the findings of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Plaintiff alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment at work.  The WCB denied her benefits, finding in part that she made false…

Read More Workers’ Compensation Board Findings Not Entitled to Collateral Estoppel Effect in Sexual Harassment Case
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