Sexual Harassment Suit Against Hoyt Dismissed

Judge rules claimant did not prove hostile work environment

Tom Puckett
February 05, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A federal judge has dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.

Judge Robert Sweet has ruled former DMV employee Lisa Marie Cater failed to prove Hoyt had created a hostile work environment or that she faced retaliation because Hoyt worked at a different state agency. Sweet says Cater's suit did not explain how "Hoyt’s non-work-related conduct created a work environment sufficiently severe or pervasive “to alter the conditions of [her] employment and create an abusive working environment.”

Sweet adds the suit “makes no attempt to explain how her claims can proceed in light of this deficiency, but rather makes unconnected claims about Hoyt’s alleged non-workplace conduct.”

Judge also dismissed Cater's lawsuit against the Empire State Development Corporation, where Hoyt once worked.

Hoyt is no stranger to controversy, as he was admonished for having an affair with an 19 year old intern while serving in the Assembly.

Hoyt left the Assembly in 2011 to serve as chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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