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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Piatek v. The Happiest Hour and Jon Neidich (NY Sup. Ct., NY Cty., Index 152578/2017, filed 3/17/17), plaintiff alleges that he (while wearing a hat bearing the Donald Trump slogan “Make America Great Again”) “was unlawfully ridiculed, discriminated against and ejected from The Happiest Hour on account of his creed, […]

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 […]

Over the years, courts have developed a sophisticated burden-shifting analysis and framework for evaluating employment discrimination and retaliation claims under the various anti-discrimination statutes, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. A recent decision explains why a jury should not be […]

In Downey v. Adloox Inc., No. 16-CV-1689 (JMF), 2017 WL 816141 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017) (J. Furman), the court held that plaintiff – who was directly employed by a wholly-owned domestic subsidiary of a foreign company – sufficiently stated claims of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the New York State and […]

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 […]

In Paxton v. Fluor Enterprises, Inc., No. 15-cv-3737, 2017 WL 875856 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 3, 2017) (J. Cote), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s Americans with Disabilities Act and New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) claims, as her medical condition – birth with a cleft lip and palate – was not […]

In a recently-filed complaint, captioned Simchi-Levi v. Kobra Int’l d/b/a Nicole Miller (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty Index 152114/2017, filed Mafch 5, 2017), plaintiff asserts claims of pregnancy discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, and a claim of failure to pay earned sick time under the New York City Earned […]

In a recently-filed sexual harassment lawsuit, captioned Green v. Exusia, Inc. and Trevor Silver (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Index # 151989/2017, filed March 1, 2017), plaintiff (a lawyer) asserts claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws against defendants Exusia, Inc. (a New York based […]

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 Arifi v. Cent. Moving & Storage Co., No. 159334/12, 2017 WL 628321 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 16, 2017), the court affirmed the lower court’s order granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s age discrimination claims. From the decision: In moving for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims for age-based employment discrimination under […]