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In Chauca v. AdvantageCare Physicians, P.C., 2019 WL 4247495 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 6, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. The court summarized the basic elements of such a claim: To show that she was subjected to sex discrimination by virtue of a hostile work environment, plaintiff must show that…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Comments Were “Equally Offensive” to Men and Women

In Akinde v. NYC Health & Hospital Corp. et al, 16-cv-8882, 2019 WL 4392959 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Judge Woods summarized the relevant legal standard(s):[1]Paragraphing added. To establish a…

Read More Complaint Sufficiently Alleges Title VII and ADA Discrimination & Retaliation Claims, Court Finds

In Chow-Tai v Fulvio & Associates, LLP, No. 158939/2018, 2019 WL 4039146, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 32514(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 27, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s constructive discharge claim. From the decision: To establish a constructive discharge, Plaintiff must demonstrate “deliberate and intentional” acts of…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Survives Dismissal; Sexual Harassment and Other Claims Dismissed as Time-Barred

In Woolf v. Bloomberg L.P., 16-cv-6953 (PKC), 2019 WL 1046656 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this case, Plaintiff alleges (inter alia) that his employer violated the ADA by terminating him on the…

Read More Stress-Related Migraines Were Not a “Disability” Under the ADA, Court Holds

In Crookendale v. New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op 06446 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 3, 2019), the court held that plaintiff’s NYC Human Rights Law gender discrimination should not have been dismissed. From the decision: The motion court should not have dismissed the claim of gender discrimination while sustaining…

Read More NYCHRL Gender Discrimination Claim Should Not Have Been Dismissed, 1st Department Holds

In a recent decision, Gindi v. NYC Dept. of Education, 18-3057-cv, 2019 WL 4254700 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal – on statute of limitations grounds – of plaintiff’s discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in…

Read More Title VII, ADEA, ADA Dismissal Affirmed on Statute of Limitations Grounds

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, is a comprehensive federal anti-discrimination statute that, inter alia, prohibits discrimination “because of” one’s race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, as well as retaliation for engaging in certain “protected activity.” But who does the statute protect, specifically?[1]Other laws specifically extend their protections…

Read More Am I an “Employee” for Purposes of Title VII?

Workplace harassment occurs in a variety of forms and contexts; it is impossible to identify all of the factual permutations that might give rise to an actionable employment discrimination/hostile work environment claim. One form in which harassment, or “hostile work environment”, claims arise is when the victim/plaintiff is directly targeted – e.g., misogynistic or racial comments made…

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