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Successful Defense Against Hostile Work Environment Same Sex Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims

City and Its Employees

Successfully represented a Connecticut municipality and two of its employees in a federal lawsuit that was brought by a former City employee, alleging hostile work environment same sex sexual harassment and retaliation, each under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. The District Court granted summary judgment in favor of the City and its employees as to all of these claims and dismissed the case in its entirety, finding that there was “really no evidence” of objectively abusive or hostile conduct sufficient to survive the severe or pervasive standard required by Supreme Court precedent. Five days after oral argument on the former employee’s appeal to the Second Circuit, the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court, ruling that the former employee had not established a hostile work environment, nor causation on his retaliation claim, as there was “ample evidence” of the grounds for his termination.

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