Sexual Harassment

In Wolfe v. Carter’s, Inc., 19-cv-560, 2021 WL 3562911 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 11, 2021), the court recommended the dismissal of plaintiff’s “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment” sexual harassment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case is instructive regarding, for example, the circumstances under which “requests for…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissal Recommended; Invitations Did Not Amount to “Unwelcome” Conduct Comprising “Sexual Advances or Favors”
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In Sutton v. Stony Brook University et al, 18-cv-7434, 2021 WL 3667013 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.[1]Plaintiff also alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution pursuant…

Read More Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed Against Stony Brook University
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In Hairston v. Christine Wormuth, Secretary, Department of the Army, N0. 20-1806, 2021 WL 3196469 (8th Cir. 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim against the defendant Army. Plaintiff, a general supply specialist, alleged that her immediate supervisor (Johnson) subjected her…

Read More Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Army; “Nice Booty” Comment Withstanding
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In a document titled “Position Statement of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Concerning the Sexual Harassment Allegations Made Against Him” dated August 3, 2021, Governor Cuomo’s attorney attempts to refute the sexual harassment allegations against him. From the Position Statement: The way he interacts with others is not gender-based: he has hugged or kissed male and…

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In Hay v. New York Media LLC, 20-CV-6135, 2021 WL 2741653 (S.D.N.Y. July 1, 2021), the court discussed and applied the geographic limitations of the New York City Human Rights Law. The plaintiff in this case is Bruce Hay, a professor at Harvard Law School. He brought this lawsuit against the author (Kera Bolonik) and…

Read More MA Professor’s NYC Human Rights Law Sexual Harassment Claim Lacked Geographic Connection to NYC; Leave to Amend Complaint Denied as Futile
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In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit[1]Note: This firm does not engage in the practice of law, and its owner is not licensed to practice law, in the jurisdiction which issued this decision. held that the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits, as a form of “discrimination,” sexual harassment. The…

Read More Sexual Harassment is Prohibited by the Fair Housing Act, 11th Circuit Holds
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In New York State Division of Human Rights v. Hawk, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 03687, 2021 WL 2389091 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. June 11, 2021), the court enforced orders issued by the New York State Division of Human Rights that found respondents Ronald E. Hawk and Big Money Jim, Inc., doing business as Chaffee…

Read More $10,000 Awarded in Sexual Harassment Case Against Chaffee Flatts and Owner
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In Corradino v. Liquidnet Holdings Inc. & Seth Merrin, 19 Civ. 10434, 2021 WL 2853362 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2021) (J. Schofield), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human…

Read More Retaliation Claims, Arising From Sexual Harassment Complaint, Sufficiently Alleged Against Liquidnet Holdings, Court Holds
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In Corradino v. Liquidnet Holdings Inc. & Seth Merrin, 19 Civ. 10434, 2021 WL 2853362 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2021) (J. Schofield), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged “hostile work environment” sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged Against Liquidnet Holdings, Court Holds
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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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