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Race/Color Discrimination

In Toombs v. N.Y. City Hous. Auth., No. 16-CV-3352-LTS, 2017 WL 1169649 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 27, 2017), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation, but dismissed her failure-to-accommodate “associational” disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plaintiff, a black female NYC Housing Authority Caretaker, alleged “that she […]

In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Co., No. 16-cv-4897, 2017 WL 2258374 (S.D.N.Y. May 22, 2017), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – an African American woman – plausibly alleged gender and race discrimination claims under the NYC Human Rights Law. As to her gender discrimination claim, the court held: The plaintiff makes numerous timely […]

In Ahmed v. Astoria Bank et al, No. 16-1389-CV, 2017 WL 1906726 (2d Cir. May 9, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit vacated a summary to defendants on plaintiff’s claims that she was subjected to a hostile work environment because she is Egyptian and Muslim, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

In Johnstone v. Village of Monticello & Gordon Jenkins, No. 16-2225, 2017 WL 1521475 (2d Cir. Apr. 28, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a race-based hostile work environment claim asserted by a white police officer. This case is unique, for at least the reason that the comments giving rise to […]

In Rao v. Rodriguez, No. 14-cv-1936, 2017 WL 1403214 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 18, 2017), a race/national origin/age discrimination case, the court – having previously denied defendants’ motions for summary judgment – ruled on several motions in limine as to the evidence to be presented at trial. In one such motion, defendants sought to preclude “any evidence regarding a statement […]

In Daniel v. T & M Protection Resources, LLC, No. 15-560-CV, 2017 WL 1476598 (2d Cir. Apr. 25, 2017) (Summary Order), the court vacated the district court’s summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. (The court issued its ruling one week after it heard oral argument in the case.) While it […]

In Rao v. Rodriguez, No. 14-cv-1936, 2017 WL 1214437 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the race, national origin, and age discrimination[1]In this post I’ll discuss the court’s evaluation of plaintiff’s race/national origin discrimination claims. allegations asserted by plaintiff (a brown-skinned man of Indian national origin who held […]

On April 18, 2017, the Second Circuit heard oral argument in the case of Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources LLC (Case No. 15-560). At issue is whether a single, offensive comment (here, the n-word) is sufficient to overcome summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The EEOC argued (as Amicus Curiae in support of pro […]

In Alvarado v. Nordstrom, Inc., No. 16-971-CV, 2017 WL 1175654 (2d Cir. Mar. 29, 2017) (Summary Order), the court vacated the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. It affirmed its dismissal, however, of plaintiff’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims (as well as his retaliation claims under federal […]

In Creacy v. BCBG Max Azria Grp., LLC, No. 14 CIV. 10008 (ER), 2017 WL 1216580 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to her hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims. In sum, plaintiff asserts that defendant subjected her to a racially hostile work environment, retaliated against her, and […]