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2d Circuit Holds That Piano Student’s Title IX Retaliation Claim, Arising From Rejection of Teacher’s Sexual Advances, Was Plausibly Alleged

June 15, 2017

In Irrera v. University of Rochester, No. 16-2004, 2017 WL 2587324 (2d Cir. June 15, 2017), the Second Circuit held that the plaintiff – a piano student at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester – plausibly alleged a claim of retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment by his teacher (defendant Dr. […]

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Race Discrimination Plausibly Alleged Against Winthrop University Hospital; Complaint Referred to Use of the Word “Nigger” and “Coded” Racial Language

June 14, 2017

In Wooding v. Winthrop University Hospital et al, No. 16-cv-4477, 2017 WL 2559942 (E.D.N.Y. June 12, 2017) (J. Spatt), the court granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). It held that plaintiff plausibly alleged various claims, including race discrimination, retaliation, and hostile […]

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“You Are Not a Christian” Comment Insufficient to Plausibly Allege Title VII Discrimination Based on Religion, National Origin

June 13, 2017

From Bailey v. Sunrise Senior Living Mgmt., Inc., No. 16-CV-7184(JS)(GRB), 2017 WL 2371196 (E.D.N.Y. May 31, 2017): Here, although Plaintiff’s Complaint broadly alleges that he was subjected to a religion-based or national origin-based adverse employment action, there are no facts set forth in the Complaint from which the Court could reasonably infer a religious-based, or […]

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ADEA Age Discrimination Claim Dismissed; NYC Human Rights Law Age Discrimination Claim Survives (Sort Of)

June 12, 2017

Schlosser v. Time Warner Cable Inc., No. 14CV9349, 2017 WL 2468975 (S.D.N.Y. June 7, 2017) (J. Pauley), a recent federal court decision, highlights the difference between federal anti-discrimination law (here, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) and the comparatively broader New York City Human Rights Law. The court dismissed plaintiff’s ADEA claim, holding that the […]

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Former Kargo Global Employee Alexis Berger Seeks to Enforce $40 Million Arbitration Award in Gender Discrimination Case

June 11, 2017

In a recent filing, petitioner Alexis Berger seeks confirmation under Section 9 of the Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. sec. 9) of an Arbitrator’s Award – totaling $40,925,284.20 – on her claims of gender discrimination, retaliation, unequal pay, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against her former employer Kargo […]

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NYC Human Rights Law Retaliation Claim Properly Dismissed; Too Much Time Between Protected Activity and Adverse Action

June 10, 2017

In Bantamoi v. St. Barnabas Hosp., 146 A.D.3d 420, 420–21, 44 N.Y.S.3d 398, 399 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 3, 2017), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. This case addresses one issue that arises in most, if not all, retaliation cases: […]

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Age Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Sex and National Origin Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed

June 9, 2017

In Franchino v. Terence Cardinal Cook Health Care Ctr., Inc., No. 16-2383-CV, 2017 WL 2392473 (2d Cir. June 2, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged an age discrimination, but not sex or national origin discrimination, claims. Discrimination Pleading Standards Initially, the court provides an overview/summary of the pleading standards that determine […]

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Racially Hostile Work Environment Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included the Use of the “N-Word”

June 8, 2017

In Love v. Premier Util. Servs., LLC, No. 15-CV-5698(ADS)(ARL), 2017 WL 2418268 (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2017), the court granted plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint to add a claim of a racially hostile work environment. Judge Spatt wrote: Accepting the allegations in the [proposed amended complaint] as true, Dunham is alleged to have witnessed one […]

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Male Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges Gender Discrimination Under the NYC Human Rights Law

June 7, 2017

From Gallagher v. AEG Mgmt. Brooklyn, LLC, No. 16-CV-4779, 2017 WL 2345658 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2017): Dasaro contends that Gallagher did not allege facts that the harassment he suffered was gender-based. ECF 28-1, Dasaro Memo of Law (“Dasaro MOL”), at pp. 4-8. The Court disagrees, and holds that the Complaint adequately pleads that Gallagher suffered […]

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Race and Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment

June 6, 2017

In Burgos v. Works, No. 13-CV-704S, 2017 WL 2403305, at *8–9 (W.D.N.Y. June 2, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race and sex-based hostile work environment, race and sex-based adverse-action discrimination, and retaliation claims.[1]However, it dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination […]

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