Summa v. Hofstra - A Cautionary Tale For Employers

Katz, Marshall & Banks senior associate Alexis H. Ronickher and partner Debra S. Katz published an article in Law360 entitled “Summa v. Hofstra - A Cautionary Tale For Employers.”  The article, published on April 11, 2013, discussed how the Second Circuit's decision in Summa v. Hofstra University, in which the University withdrew an offer of a graduate assistantship from the plaintiff after she complained of sexual harassment by members of the football team, should serve as a cautionary tale for employers: while putting a stop to the behavior is step one of a reasonable employer response to sexual harassment, step two needs to be protecting the employee from subsequent retaliation, which Hofstra failed to do in this case.