Hostile Work Environment

In Godino v. Premier Salons, Ltd., No. 13705/13, 2016 NY Slip Op 05118, 2016 WL 3533532 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dept. June 29, 2016), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging age discrimination and hostile work environment. On a motion to dismiss a complaint for failure to state a cause…

Read More Plaintiff Hairstylist Sufficiently Alleges Age Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment; Survives CPLR 3211(a)(7) Motion to Dismiss
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In Gomez v. Cablevision Sys., 2016 NY Slip Op 31177(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 20, 2016), the court held that plaintiff presented enough evidence to survive summary judgment on his race-based hostile work environment under the NYC Human Rights Law (but not under the NYS Human Rights Law). This case is another example of the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Under the New York City (But Not New York State) Human Rights Law
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In a New York State court lawsuit, captioned Lisser v. Bloomberg L.P. et al (Index No. 155354/2016), plaintiff Elizabeth Lisser alleges (among other things) that her manager – defendant Brian Schuler – “continually directed sexual innuendo and comments towards plaintiff about her figure, weight and appearance, massaged her shoulders, look[ed] down her blouse, [and] direct[ed] texts…

Read More Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Bloomberg LP
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In Hinz v. Vill. of Perry, No. 15-2239-CV, 2016 WL 3435265 (2d Cir. June 20, 2016) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing his claim thta he was subjected to discrimination based on his alleged disability (Chron’s disease) in violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.…

Read More 2nd Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Disability Discrimination Claim; Employer Lacked Knowledge of Alleged Disability (Chron’s Disease)
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In New York State Div. of Human Rights v. Team Taco Mexico, Corp., No. 2014-06673, 2016 WL 3265489 (N.Y. App. Div. June 15, 2016), the court held that there was “substantial evidence in the record to support the determination of the Commissioner of the [NYS Division of Human Rights] … that the respondent David Orduna…

Read More Court Upholds NYSDHR Sexual Harassment Determination and Award Against Team Taco Mexico And Individual Harasser
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In In re Townsend, No. 15-43411-CEC, 2016 WL 2927522 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. May 16, 2016), the court granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment that a judgment entered on a $450,000 jury verdict in Ganci v. U.S. Limousine Service and Raymond Townsend, EDNY 10-cv-3027, was non-dischargeable under the Bankruptcy Code. The Bankruptcy Code “exempts from discharge any debt for…

Read More Sexual Harassment Judgment Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy, Court Holds
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In Alvarado v. Jeffrey, Inc., No. 14 CIV. 500 (NRB), 2016 WL 922216 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 4, 2016), the court dismissed claims by plaintiff – a gay Hispanic man and salesman at high-end fashion store Just Jeffrey – for race and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, and constructive discharge. In dismissing plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims, Judge…

Read More SDNY Dismisses Race & Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation, and Constructive Discharge Claims Against Just Jeffrey and Nordstrom
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In a recent federal sexual harassment lawsuit, Coyle v. Canto Design Consultants, SDNY 16-CV-4052, the male plaintiff alleges (among other things) that defendant Joanne Del Prete-Rosten, the CEO of defendant Canto Design Consultants, “repeatedly subjected [plaintiff] to unwelcome sexual behavior and misconduct” and that “Canto terminated [plaintiff]’s employment after he complained about being subjected to sexual…

Read More Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit Against Canto Design Consultants LLC and Joanne Del Prete-Rosten
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In Bell v. McRoberts Protective Agency, No. 15-CV-0963 (JPO), 2016 WL 1688786 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2016), the court held that plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege race/gender discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment claims. The court’s explanation of why the plaintiff’s claims were insufficiently pled is instructive as to what courts look for when evaluating these…

Read More Race/Sex Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation Claims Insufficiently Alleged
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In Tulino v. City of New York, No. 15-CV-7106 (JMF), 2016 WL 2967847 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 2016), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a gender-based hostile work environment claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. In her amended complaint, plaintiff alleged (among other things) that defendant “created and perpetuated a culture that essentially required female…

Read More Plaintiff States Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim; Alleges She Was Called a “Slut” and “Dick Climber”
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