Hostile Work Environment Not Imputed to Employer

In Matsko v. New York, 2022 WL 137724 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, the sexual harassment was alleged to have been committed by a non-supervisor; accordingly, the alleged wrongful…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on Conduct by Non-Supervisor, Dismissed; Employer Not Shown to be Negligent in Controlling Working Conditions
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In Hoit v. Capital District Transportation Authority, 10-202, 2020 WL 1514754 (2d Cir. March 30, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff’s lawsuit arose from an incident in which, on his last day…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Arising From “Tea Bagging” Incident, Not Imputable to Employer Under NYS Human Rights Law; Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal
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In Oliver v. New York State Police, 2020 WL 1989180 (N.D.N.Y. April 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court held that the alleged conduct was sufficiently “severe or pervasive”, there…

Read More Hostile Work Environment / Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed Against New York State Police
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In Bentley v. AutoZoners, LLC et al, No. 18-2441-cv, 2019 WL 3884248 (2d Cir. (Conn.) Aug. 19, 2019), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment claim. This decision provides a good overview of the law relating to when the conduct of an employee, amounting to a hostile work…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Hostile Work Environment Claim; Actions of Non-“Supervisor” Not Imputable to Employer
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In a recent decision, Russell v. New York University, 2018 WL 3115795 (C.A.2 June 25, 2018) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. This case is instructive as to when an alleged harasser’s conduct may be “imputed” to an entity defendant/employer. The law: To prevail on a hostile work…

Read More Alleged Hostile Work Environment Not Imputable to NYU
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In Murphy v. Wappingers Central School District, 15-cv-7460, 2018 WL 1831847 (S.D.N.Y. April 16, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. In sum, the court held that the alleged harasser (DeFazio) created an “abusive” environment for the plaintiff, but that plaintiff could not show that the harasser’s conduct should be imputed to the…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; While Conduct Was “Abusive” There Was No Basis For Imputing it to Employer
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