May 2017

In Tubo v. Orange Reg’l Med. Ctr., No. 16-632-CV, 2017 WL 2180952 (2d Cir. May 17, 2017) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination, retaliation, and vacation pay/contract claims. As to her race discrimination claim, the court explained: We agree with the district court that Tubo failed to establish a prima…

Read More 2d Circuit: Race Discrimination, Retaliation, & Vacation Pay Claims Properly Dismissed

In Keles v. Burl Yearwood & LaGuardia Community College, No. 15-CV-03880 (NG), 2017 WL 2313472 (E.D.N.Y. May 26, 2017), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s age discrimination claims. “To survive a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, a plaintiff asserting an employment discrimination complaint under the ADEA must plausibly allege that…

Read More Age Discrimination Claims Survive Dismissal; Allegations Included Disparaging Age-Related Comments

From Rubino v. 330 Madison Co., LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 04210 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 25, 2017): The court properly granted plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment on the Labor Law § 241(6) claim as against appellants. It is undisputed that violations of Industrial Code (12 NYCRR) § 23-1.13(b)(3) and (4) proximately caused…

Read More Electrocuted Worker Entitled to Summary Judgment Under New York Labor Law § 241(6)

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…

Read More Race Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims Continue; Associational Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed

In Zarda v. Altitude Express (2d Cir. No. 15-3775 April 18, 2017), the Second Circuit – in a per curiam opinion issued by a panel comprising Judges Jacobs, Sack, and Lynch – affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of a gay man’s claim that his employer terminated him because of his sexual orientation, in violation of…

Read More 2d Circuit En Banc Panel to Consider Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Under Title VII

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…

Read More Gender, Race Discrimination Claims Plausibly Alleged Under the NYC Human Rights Law Against Con Edison

In Makinen v. City of New York (2d Cir. 16-973 May 22, 2017), the court certified the following question to the New York Court of Appeals: Do sections 8‐102(16)(c) 7 and 8‐107(1)(a) of the New York City Administrative Code preclude a plaintiff from bringing a disability discrimination claim based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism? This…

Read More 2nd Circuit Certifies Question to New York Court of Appeals Regarding Disability Discrimination Claims of “Perceived Alcoholism”

In Lopez v. East Hampton Union Free School District, No. 14-cv-1999, 2017 WL 2242874 (E.D.N.Y. May 20, 2017), the court, inter alia, denied defendant school district’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination and retaliation. As to her gender discrimination claim, the court held: Defendant has not met its burden in demonstrating…

Read More Gender Discrimination (Termination) and Retaliation Claims Survive Summary Judgment, Continue Against East Hampton Union Free School District

Unlike Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State and City Human Rights Laws do provide for individual liability in certain circumstances. A recent decision, Popat v. Levy et al, No. 1:15-CV-01052 EAW, 2017 WL 2210762 (W.D.N.Y. May 19, 2017), explains and applies the principles regarding individual liability under the…

Read More Race/National Origin Discrimination Claims Plausibly Alleged Against Individual

In Kirkland v. Speedway LLC, No. 15-cv-1184, 2017 WL 2198963 (N.D.N.Y. May 18, 2017) (J. Scullin), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment under the NYS Human Rights Law. From the decision: Plaintiff proffers the following…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Staring, Inappropriate Name-Calling, & Unsolicited Touching