The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff police officer’s employment discrimination complaint should not have been dismissed. Plaintiff is a gay man and the complaint alleged actionable discrimination claims under the New York State and New York City Human Rights Law (HRL):
… [P]laintiff was … exposed to two sergeants who quickly surmised, based on [plaintiff’s] responses to their constant homophobic slurs directed at civilians and gay officers, that plaintiff was gay. Other officers joined in, condoned and encouraged by the sergeants, and plaintiff thereafter endured over a year of homophobic derision, harassment, and verbal abuse. The foregoing establishes a claim for employment discrimination, via hostile work environment, under the State and City HRLs … .
… [P]laintiff was repeatedly required to enter a holding cell, by himself, with prisoners still inside, while plaintiff carried metal and wooden cleaning implements. This was potentially dangerous, as plaintiff could have been overwhelmed and attacked by the prisoners.
… .Plaintiff was also required to go on foot patrol alone during the midnight shift in dangerous areas at the 77th Precinct; other officers patrolled with partners. Doe v New York City Police Dept., 2021 NY Slip Op 00009, First Dept 1-5-21