Successfully Defending Clients Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
Epstein Becker Green recently achieved a significant victory on behalf of two clients—a communications company and its corporate parent—in a matter that was filed in a federal court in New York by a former employee of the communications agency. The plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted at a vendor-sponsored after-work event by an employee of the one of the communication company’s clients. The plaintiff asserted various claims against her employer and its parent company, her employer’s client, and the individual that she alleged harassed her, including claims for sexual harassment and retaliation under federal, state, and city laws. Epstein Becker Green moved for summary judgment on all claims, and the court granted the motion in its entirety.
The court dismissed the sexual harassment claim, finding that despite the manager’s failure to immediately report the complaint, the communications company took appropriate and timely remedial action in response to the plaintiff’s harassment complaint. The court repeatedly focused on the plaintiff’s deposition testimony, where she said she did not think that HR could have done anything better or faster in response to her complaint. Additionally, the court dismissed the plaintiff’s retaliation claim, finding no adverse action and no causal connection between her protected activity and the alleged adverse conduct.
The Epstein Becker Green team included Ronald M. Green, Lauren Malanga Casey, and Maxine Adams.
Epstein Becker Green Successfully Represents Cable News Network in Discrimination Lawsuit
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon granted an Epstein Becker Green client, Fox News Network, summary judgment on August 25, 2011, in a lawsuit alleging age discrimination, gender discrimination and retaliation under Title VII brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon found that the commission failed to make sufficient claims in the complaint of retaliation or show that Herridge suffered any material harm.
"Indeed, it is hard to imagine how a reasonable employee would be dissuaded from engaging in protected activity if that employee were still able to secure not only a multi-year employment contract, but also a multi-year raise!" Leon wrote in the opinion.
Fox News Network was represented by Epstein Becker Green attorneys Frank Morris, Jr.; Barry Asen; and Ronald M. Green.
Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Obtain Swift Jury Verdict Victory in Advertising Industry Race Discrimination Suit
On June 5, 2013, Epstein Becker Green attorneys obtained a swift jury verdict in favor of a client in the advertising industry, in a race discrimination lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff, a Trinidadian employee, sued the company for $50 million, claiming, among other things, that she wasn't promoted to the position of executive assistant to the general counsel because of her race.
The company argued that the plaintiff was treated in a professional and respectful manner during her 18-year employment at the company. Also, the company pointed out that the plaintiff never raised the race discrimination issue to her supervisors before filing her lawsuit and wasn't as qualified as another candidate for the position of executive assistant to the general counsel.
Although the case lasted approximately two years and the trial took three days, a jury verdict came after 11 minutes of deliberation. The jury determined that the plaintiff's claims completely lacked merit.
The company was represented by Epstein Becker Green attorneys Ronald M. Green, Lauren Malanga Casey, and Ian G. Nanos.