July 2015

In Burgis v. New York City Dept. of Sanitation (2d Cir. July 31, 2015), a putative class action race discrimination case brought by members of the NYC Dept. of Sanitation, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and 42 USC 1981 and Title VII of the…

Read More Class Action Race Discrimination Case Properly Dismissed; Intent, Statistics Insufficiently Alleged

In Roberts v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. 13-CV-6161, 2015 WL 4509994 (E.D.N.Y. July 27, 2015), the Eastern District of New York denied defendant United Parcel Service’s post-trial motions and upheld the jury’s $100,000 verdict for plaintiff on her sexual orientation discrimination/hostile work environment and retaliation claims under the NYC Human Rights Law. From Judge…

Read More Court Upholds Jury Verdict (Liability and $100k Damages) in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Against UPS

In Tolbert v. Smith et al, decided by the Second Circuit on June 24, 2015, the court vacated the district court’s judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination (and affirmed it with respect to his hostile work environment and defamation claims). This case is instructive on the “prima facie case” portion of the employment discrimination analysis. Plaintiff, a…

Read More Non-Tenured, Probationary Teacher Establishes Prima Facie Case of Race Discrimination

In Lee v. Woori Bank, decided by the Appellate Division, First Department on July 28, 2015, the  court held that plaintiff’s sexual harassment and negligence claims were not barred by the “waiver” provision of New York’s whistleblower statute, Labor Law § 740. Labor Law § 740(7) provides, in part, that “the institution of an action in accordance…

Read More Sexual Harassment and Negligence Claims Not Waived by Waiver Provision of New York’s Whistleblower Statute

Below is the recent age discrimination lawsuit, captioned Parra v. Access Staffing and Crystal Hernandez, 15-cv-05495 (SDNY July 15, 2015), filed by the plaintiff against a staffing agency and its manager. Plaintiff alleges that she was subjected to discrimination based on her (young) age and retaliation. Specifically, plaintiff alleges that defendants said “You’re such a baby” and…

Read More “Too Young” Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Staffing Agency

Subway has been associated with some bad press lately. Below is a sexual harassment lawsuit, captioned EEOC v. Draper Development LLC d/b/a Subway, 15-cv-00877 (NDNY 7/21/15), filed against an upstate Subway franchisee. The lawsuit alleges that Defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and specifically that: Defendant … discriminated against the Charging…

Read More EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Upstate Subway Franchisee

School bullying is unquestionably a serious issue. Whether it’s “traditional” physical bullying or so-called “cyberbullying”, such conduct can have negative effects on the victims for years after the fact. Bullying also presents legal issues, namely, whether and to what extent the school will be liable when a bullied victim sustains injuries. A recent case, Amandola v.…

Read More Bullied Student Survives Summary Judgment in Personal Injury (Negligent Supervision, Hiring, Retention) Personal Injury Action Against School

Pepsi and double parking? That sounds familiar. Interestingly, a recent personal injury case, Barry v. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., involves both. This case stands for the proposition that illegal double-parking – while perhaps illustrating societal stupidity or even signifying the onset of a dictatorship – is not necessarily the proximate cause of an accident in which the double parker…

Read More Double-Parked, Rear-Ended Pepsi Defendant Wins Dismissal of Car Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit