Hostile Work Environment

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…

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In Smith v. Global Contact Holding Co., No. 156087/2019, 2020 WL 3485542 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment based on his “gender identify” under the New York State Human Rights Law. The court summarized the law as follows: Under…

Read More “Gender Identity”-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal Motion

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

In Calvelos v. City of New York et al, 2020 WL 3414886 (S.D.N.Y. June 22, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff stated a race-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Plaintiff alleges that, during his first eight months at West Facility, Warden…

Read More Title VII Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against City of New York

In Sanderson v. Leg Apparel et al, 2020 WL 3100256 (SDNY June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Leg Apparel et al

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

In Howell v. United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, No. 153234/2017, 2020 WL 2933631, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 31713(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 03, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. As…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed Against United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund

In Sooroojballie v. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 2020 WL 2988851 (2d Cir. June 4, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, held that the jury’s emotional damages awarded by the jury ($2,160,000) on plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim was excessive, and determined that $250,000 was more appropriate.…

Read More Court Remits $2.16 Million Jury Verdict to $250,000 in Race/National Origin Hostile Work Environment Case

In Mejia v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2837008 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted against two individuals under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim, however, is viable as…

Read More “Bitch” Remark Among Evidence Supporting Denial of Summary Judgment Under the NYC Human Rights Law on Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Rivera v. JP Morgan Chase, 2020 WL 2787622 (2d Cir. May 29, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: To state…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Insufficient Details Alleged