Judge: Ronnie Abrams

Some court decisions, particularly in the employment discrimination context, are perfect examples of “what not to do” in the workplace. In such a recent case, Shkoza v. NYC Health & Hospitals Corp., 20-CV-3646, 2021 WL 4340787 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a sex-based hostile work environment under the New…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included “Wives” Comment, Inappropriate Touching
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In Eckhart v. Fox News Network, LLC and Ed Henry, 20-CV-5593, 2021 WL 4124616 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 9, 2021), the court, in part, held that plaintiff’s retaliation claim survived dismissal. In her complaint, plaintiff alleges various forms of retaliation: (1) terminating her employment; (2) issuing a press release about alleged harasser Ed Henry’s termination; (3) filing a…

Read More Jennifer Eckhart’s Retaliation Claims Survive Against Fox News, Ed Henry
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In Eckhart v. Fox News Network, LLC and Ed Henry, 20-CV-5593, 2021 WL 4124616 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 9, 2021), the court, in part, denied defendant Ed Henry’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Jennifer Eckhart’s claims for sex trafficking under Section 1591 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1591 (TVPA). The court summarized its holding…

Read More Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Ed Henry Survives Motion to Dismiss
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In Duff v. Pristine Services, 2021 WL 663981 (SDNY Feb. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint alleging a race-based hostile work environment. As to whether the alleged conduct was sufficiently “hostile”, the court explained: Duff’s hostile workplace claim appears to be premised on a single incident, in which he found the three…

Read More Alleged “Racist Graffiti” Held Insufficient to Make Out Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Rules
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In Peddy v. L’Oreal USA, Inc., 18-cv-7499, 2020 WL 4003587 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed (on summary judgment) plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. While the court ultimately based its decision on the fact that plaintiff failed to establish the element of “causation” as part…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Court Discusses What Constitutes “Protected Activity”
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In Anderson v. New York City Department of Finance, 19-CV-7971, 2020 WL 1922624 (S.D.N.Y. April 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based discrimination and hostile work environment claims. As to his hostile work environment claim, the court explained, with respect to the nature and consistency of the alleged conduct:…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against NYC Department of Finance
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In Tsismentzoglou v. Milos Estiatorio Inc., 18-cv-9664, 2019 WL 2287902 (SDNY May 29, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). From the decision: Plaintiff has not shown circumstances giving rise to even a minimal inference of discrimination, however, Tsismentzoglou does not provide…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Court Finds “Young Man’s Game” Comment To Be a “Stray Remark”
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In Ravina v. Columbia University and Geert Bekaert, 16-cv-2137, 2019 WL 1450449 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2019), a sexual harassment/retaliation case, the court – in addition to denying defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on plaintiff’s retaliation claim – next evaluated the jury’s damage awards to plaintiff ($750,000 in emotional distress damages, $500,000…

Read More Court Remits $750,000 Award for Emotional Distress Damages in Retaliation/Sexual Harassment Case Against Columbia University
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In Ravina v. Columbia University and Geert Bekaert, 16-cv-2137, 2019 WL 1450449 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2019), a sexual harassment/retaliation case, the court denied defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on plaintiff’s retaliation claim, but granted its motion for remittitur as to the jury’s damage awards for compensatory/emotional distress damages and punitive damages.…

Read More Jury Verdict of Retaliation for Complaints of Sexual Harassment Against Columbia University Professor Upheld
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