December 2015

In Dingle v. Bimbo Bakeries USA/Entenmann’s, No. 14-1215-CV, 2015 WL 8952903 (2d Cir. Dec. 16, 2015), the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal, for failure to state a claim under FRCP 12(b)(6), of plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaints. Plaintiff’s allegations, in a nutshell: Dingle alleged that a photo of a nude man resembling Dingle was distributed among employees who made…

Read More Second Circuit Revives “Perceived Sexual Orientation Discrimination” Claim

It has been reported that Queens physical education teacher Peter Maliarakis has settled his “whistleblowing” retaliation lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, Principal Namita Dwarka, and others. He alleges in his 2014 lawsuit (here and below), among other things, that the school administration retaliated against him after he told an Office of Special Investigation (OSI)…

Read More Grade-Changing Whistleblower Lawsuit Settled

In Taveras v 1149 Webster Realty Corp., 2015 NY Slip Op 09192, the court held that plaintiff’s trip-and-fall case should not have been dismissed: [W]e find that defendants in this case failed to meet their initial burden of establishing, prima facie, their entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by asserting that plaintiff could not…

Read More Plaintiff Adequately Identified Defect Causing Him to Fall; Summary Judgment for Defendants Overturned

Forman v. Henkin, 2015 NY Slip Op 09350 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 17, 2015), decided by the First Department on December 17, 2015, represents yet another data point in an evolving body of case law assessing whether a party to litigation is entitled to the other side’s social media postings. This issue typically arises in…

Read More First Department Limits Facebook Discovery in Personal Injury Case

Consider this law-school-exam-like scenario: Person goes to hospital, where she is prescribed medication that makes her drowsy (but not told that it will do so). She then, under the influence of the medication, drives and hits plaintiff with her car. Can plaintiff sue the hospital for negligence? These are the (simplified/summarized) facts of the Court…

Read More Court of Appeals: Hospital Owed Duty to Third Party

In Lopez v. Hollisco Owners’ Corp., No. 14-CV-3738, 2015 WL 7748358 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2015), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the NYC Human Rights Law. In sum, the court held that an employer may “condition an employee’s return to…

Read More Hepatitis Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed Under the ADA’s “Business Necessity” Exception

In Ihim v. St. Vincent’s Hosp. Westchester, No. 11 CIV. 8024 JCM, 2015 WL 5698038 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 25, 2015), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of race and national origin discrimination. Plaintiff – an African American man whose ancestors are from Nigeria – alleged that his suspension without pay was…

Read More “Where Are You From?” Held Not Probative of Discrimination; Title VII Race/National Origin Discrimination Claims Dismissed

In Tekle v. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., No. 15-CV-6386, 2015 WL 8485273 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 9, 2015), the court granted defendant’s motion under FRCP 12(b)(6) to dismiss plaintiff’s race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. This case illustrates that even arguably “disturbing and arguably race-based” incidents are not necessarily enough to establish violations of the…

Read More Threat to “Hang” Plaintiff Insufficient to State Hostile Work Environment Claim

From Grasso v. EMA Design Automation, 14-4109 (2nd Cir. Oct 28, 2015): It is undisputed that between 2009 and 2011, defendant experienced the effects of an economic recession that caused its revenues to decline and led to cuts to its workforce, including the termination of more than a quarter of its employees between 2009 and…

Read More Reduction-In-Force Justified Termination; Retaliation Claim Dismissed