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As a home improvement contractor can I sue a customer for harassment ?

Offensive language (castration gestures) , repeatedly called " a woman" "drama queen" " primadonna", told repeatedly to "jump out the window", to me and my helper. Tried and succeeded to have services and not pay for.

Jamaica, NY -

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Steven Warren Smollens

Steven Warren Smollens

Real Estate Attorney - New York, NY
Answered

Dear contractor:

New York State does not recognize a cause of action ( that is a legal claim) for civil harassment.

Another way to sue based on your facts may be available but it would not be harassment.

If you are interested in bringing a lawsuit, consult with an attorney, who may discover that you have a recognized cause of action and that there is a chance for real money damages.

Good luck.

The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should... more
Michael C. Wild

Michael C. Wild

Real Estate Attorney - Williamsville, NY
Answered

As my colleague indicates, there is no civil cause of action for harassment. If the customer did not pay for your services, you may have a claim for payment under a different legal theory (your description is not clear if you got paid for your services).

This communication is intended only to provide general information. No attorney-client relationship is created.

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