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In Hababi v. Lutheran Med. Ctr., 2016 NY Slip Op 32554(U), 501765/15 (NY Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. Dec. 16, 2016), a Brooklyn state court judge denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment (but granted it with respect to, and hence dismissed, her discrimination and retaliation) claims. In sum, defendant terminated plaintiff – a […]

In Kalafatoglu v. Beauty 35, Inc. (NY Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. 711763/2015 Order dated Jan. 25, 2017), the court held that plaintiff stated claims for gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, and false arrest. (It held, however, that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege retaliation.) The court summarized plaintiff’s […]

In Rasmy v. Marriott Int’l, Inc., No. 16-CV-04865 (AJN), 2017 WL 773604 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 24, 2017), the court discussed and applied the doctrines of election of remedies, administrative exhaustion, and mandatory arbitration in the context of defendant’s motion to dismiss the hostile work environment (religion, national origin) and retaliation claims asserted by plaintiff. Plaintiff, an Egyptian […]

One employer action that may, under certain circumstances, give rise to an employment discrimination claim is the implementation of a so-called “English only” policy. It has been reported, for example, that one North Carolina employer has implemented such a policy. The EEOC takes the position that English-only rules “violate the law unless the employer can show […]

In Demir v. Sandoz Inc. and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty., Index 150954/2015, Feb. 17, 2017), the court held that plaintiff – a Muslim woman of Turkish national origin – sufficiently alleged causes of action for discrimination and hostile work environment (based on her gender, national origin, and religion) under the New York State […]

In Offor v. Mercy Medical Center, No. 16-839, 2017 WL 253616 (2d Cir. Jan. 20, 2017) (Summary Order), the court vacated the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claim, but affirmed the dismissal of her Title VII race and national origin discrimination claim. From the Order: […]

In Guerra v. Murphy, No. 15-cv-1168, 2016 WL 7480405 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 29, 2016), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate-treatment employment discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as he failed to plausibly allege the existence of an “adverse employment action.” The court also dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work […]

In Nadesan v. Citizens Fin. Grp., No. 16-942-CV, 2016 WL 7177496 (2d Cir. Dec. 8, 2016) (Summary Order; Judges Livingston, Chin, Carney), the court clarified the scope of 42 U.S.C. § 1981, a federal statute that prohibits certain forms of discrimination. Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 provides, in pertinent part: All persons […]

In Fisher v. Mermaid Manor Home for Adults, LLC, No. 1:14-CV-03461-WFK-JO, 2016 WL 7330554 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 16, 2016), the court upheld a jury verdict for an African American plaintiff on her employment discrimination claims. This employment discrimination case, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the NYC Human Rights Law, “began […]

I really hate bullies. My strong feelings on the topic have inspired me to dedicate my career and law practice to vindicating the rights of the oppressed, the marginalized, and the powerless – often persons of color – in the workplace and elsewhere. Every so often, I’m forced to advocate for an unlikely “client”: myself. Last […]