Sexual Harassment

In Matthews v. Detroit Public Schools Community District, 2021 WL 4427176 (E.D.Mich., 2021), a Michigan federal court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Noting U.S. Supreme Court precedent that whether harassing conduct is sufficiently “severe…

Read More Title VII Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Plaintiff Alleged 22 Incidents Over 1.5 Years
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In Kilgannon v. Social Security Administration et al, 20-cv-01891, 2021 WL 4523505 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of hostile work environment sexual harassment, which were predicated on sexual advances by plaintiff’s co-worker. From the decision: Plaintiff alleges numerous specific, instances of Ms. Borges’s alleged harassing behavior which he claims…

Read More Co-Worker’s Sexual Advances Did Not Constitute an Actionable Hostile Work Environment, Court Holds
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In John Doe v. The City of New York et al, 511209/2020, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50916(U), 2021 WL 4468869 (Sup Ct, Sept. 29, 2021), the court (after largely dismissing plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims) denied plaintiff’s cross-motion to proceed under a pseudonym. While relatively short, the court’s analysis is instructive. It explained: Lastly, the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff May Not Proceed Pseudonymously, Court Holds
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In Donnelly v. The New York City and Vicinity District Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America et al, 152197/2019, 2021 WL 4494816 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 01, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Based on Sexual Harassment Complaint, Sufficiently Alleged Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Arbouin v. Bob’s Discount Furniture, LLC et al, 20-CV-1893, 2021 WL 4458932 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2021), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation that defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim be denied. From the decision: Defendants argue that the R&R errs in finding that the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included Co-Worker’s Touching and Sexual (and Non-Sexual) Comments
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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 Eustache v. Bd. of Educ. of the City School Dist. of the City of New York, No. 153619/2019, 2021 WL 4219732 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 16, 2021), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff (a male paraprofessional a/k/a teaching assistant) sufficiently alleged sexual harassment by a co-worker under the New York…

Read More Male Teaching Assistant Sufficiently Alleges Sexual Harassment By Female Co-Worker
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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 Bonterre v. City of New York et al, 18 Civ. 745, 2021 WL 4060358 (SDNY Sept. 7, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion – under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c) – to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual harassment / hostile work environment claim. The court explained: In [the Second] Circuit, courts determining whether…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on “Broomstick” Incident, Survives Dismissal
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In Sansone v. Jazz Casino Company, LLC D/B/A Harrah’s Casino, No. 20-30640, 2021 WL 3919249 (5th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment / sexual harassment claim. Plaintiff – a baccarat dealer – alleged, among other things, that she was harassed…

Read More Customer-Based Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Harrah’s
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