Pornography in the Workplace

In Farber Schneider Ferrari LLP v. Slowik, No. 157630/2019, 2022 WL 114106 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for hostile work environment and sexual harassment. From the decision: Defendants’ motion to dismiss the cause of action alleging violations of the State…

Read More Hostile Work Environment, Sexual Harassment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Based on Pejorative Hispanic Comments, Pornographic Images
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While I typically write about new developments in the law, every so often I come across a court decision that, while older, is interesting enough to warrant discussion here. One such case is Iannone v. Frederic R. Harris, Inc., 941 F.Supp. 403 (S.D.N.Y. 1996). In sum, the plaintiff here was terminated, she alleges, in retaliation…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Arising From Expressed Concerns About “Racy” Photo, Survives Dismissal
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In Legg v. Ulster County, 2020 WL 6325857 (2d Cir. Oct. 29, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the lower court’s denial of defendant’s post-verdict motion for judgment as a matter of law (per Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 50(b)) on a female plaintiff officer’s hostile work environment/sexual harassment claim under Title VII of the…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Verdict Upheld
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In Maines et al v. Last Chance Funding, Inc. d/b/a The LCF Group et al, 2018 WL 4558408 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that one plaintiff (Alexandre) sufficiently stated a claim for hostile work environment based on gender in a proposed amended complaint.[1]The court also held that this particular plaintiff also sufficiently alleged…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Claims Include Inappropriate Touching and Viewing Pornography
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In Kimball v. Village of Painted Post, 2018 WL 2944337 (2d Cir. June 11, 2018) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. In discussing plaintiff’s allegation of a hostile work environment based on pornography in the office, the court explained: [Plaintiff] has failed to establish that any…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; Allegations re Pornography Insufficient
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