ALBANY — Rejecting a novel sexual harassment claim, an upstate appellatecourt yesterday ruled an employer cannot be held liable under the State HumanRights Law for firing his former mistress after he ended their consensual sexualrelationship.

The trial court had ruled that Binghamton lawyer Peter A. Orville illegallydiscriminated against his former mistress and office manager based on her”sex,” as prohibited by the statute, because he fired her as a result of her pastsexual relationship with him.

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