November 2018

In Yu v. City of New York et al, 17-CV-7327, 2018 WL 6250659 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims. It summarized the well-established legal standard: To bring a hostile work environment claim under federal or state law, a plaintiff must allege facts from which a court can…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; “Asian Girl” Comment Insufficient

In Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based employment discrimination claim.[1]The court also, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss; Allegations Included Pay Raise Granted to White Employees, Denied to Black Plaintiff

In DeLorenzo v. Viceroy Hotel Group LLC, 17-3470 (2d Cir. Nov. 21, 2018) (Summary Order), the court held that plaintiff’s personal injury complaint – based on an alleged sexual assault by an employee of a a hotel in Anguilla – was properly dismissed because the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the defendant. The…

Read More Sexual Assault Claim Properly Dismissed; Personal Jurisdiction Lacking

In Stagnitta v. Ambrosino, 2018 NY Slip Op 08053 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Nov. 21, 2018), the court held that “[t]he alleged sexualization of a physician-patient relationship generally sounds in medical malpractice … since the injuries incurred are not separate and distinct from the damages incurred for medical malpractice[.]” Here are the facts of this case,…

Read More Claim Based on Improper Sexual Conduct by Psychiatrist Subject to Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

In Hirsch v. Solares, 2018 NY Slip Op 07828 (App. Div. 1st Div. Nov. 15, 2018), a personal injury action arising from a bar fight, the court held that summary judgment was properly denied as to plaintiff’s negligence claim, but that plaintiff’s claim for strict liability under Alcoholic Beverage Control Law § 65(2) should have been dismissed. As…

Read More Bar Brawl Personal Injury Case Survives Summary Judgment, In Part

From Perez v. Mason Tenders District Council, 17-3896 (2d Circuit Nov. 21, 2018) (Summary Order): Perez concedes in her opening brief, as she did before the district court, that her complaint was filed outside the 90-day window she had from receiving the EEOC’s rightto-sue letter to bring her claim. Nevertheless, she maintains that the limitations…

Read More ADA Disability Discrimination Claim Properly Dismissed as Filed Beyond the 90-Day EEOC Notice

In Daughtry v. Fedcap Rehabilitation Servs. Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 32857(U), Index No. 152108/2016 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Nov. 8, 2018) – a race/criminal conviction discrimination case – the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff was not entitled to a deposition of the defendant’s CEO. The court, therefore, granted defendant’s motion for a protective order under…

Read More Deposition of CEO Denied in Criminal Conviction Employment Discrimination Case

In Easley v. U Haul, 2018 NY Slip Op 08008 (App. Div. Nov. 21, 2018), a personal injury trip-and-fall action, the court held that defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint should have been granted. In sum, plaintiff alleged that he was “injured when he tripped and fell on a half-inch to one-inch metal protrusion sticking…

Read More Defect Was “Trivial”; Personal Injury Action Dismissed

In Jones v. Bloomingdale’s, 17-CV-1974, 2018 WL 6067227 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination case based on defendant’s alleged post-employment discriminatory conduct. From the decision: Nor can Jones salvage his employment discrimination claim, under either § 1981 or Title VII, by relying on Bloomingdale’s allegedly discriminatory conduct after he…

Read More Post-Employment Conduct Did Not Amount to Unlawful Race Discrimination, Court Holds

A recent case, Amaya v. Ballyshear LLC, 2018 WL 6065493 (EDNY Nov. 20, 2018), discusses the geographical reach of the New York City Human Rights Law. In this case, the Plaintiff – a former housekeeper who lives in Southampton, New York – claims that defendants engaged in unlawful discrimination and retaliation in violation of the NYCHRL.…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Claim Dismissed; “Impact” Not Felt in New York City