July 2019

In Young v. Town of Islip et al, 2019 WL 3412113 (E.D.N.Y. July 29, 2019) – in which plaintiff asserted, inter alia, claims of race discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the court denied plaintiff’s motion for a new trial under Federal Rule of Civil…

Read More Verdict Sheet Did Not Confuse Jury in Race Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Holds

In Guity v. Uniondale Union Free School Dist., 2019 WL 3402280 (E.D.N.Y. July 26, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race/ethnicity-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff – a high school Spanish teacher – alleged among other things that she was targeted because she was…

Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Uniondale Union Free School District;

In Culler v. New York State Unified Ct. Sys., 2019 NY Slip Op 32134(U) (Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. July 7, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds of sovereign immunity, explaining:[1]As noted by the court, the…

Read More NYCHRL Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against New York State Unified Court System

In Scalercio-Isenberg v Citibank NMTC Corp., No. 100030/19, 2019 WL 2559433 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s failure-to-hire discrimination claim. Among other things, plaintiff alleged that she received an “inappropriate sexual text message” from the individual defendant. From the decision: … As for her state and…

Read More Gender, Disability Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against Citibank

In Kaplan v. New York State Department of Labor, 2019 WL 3252911 (S.D.N.Y. July 19, 2019), a case involving claims of discrimination based on religion, the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s state law discrimination claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) on Eleventh Amendment (sovereign immunity) grounds.[1]The court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s federal…

Read More State, City Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYS Dep’t of Labor on Eleventh Amendment Grounds

In Kaplan v. New York State Department of Labor, 2019 WL 3252911 (S.D.N.Y. July 19, 2019), a case involving claims of discrimination based on religion, the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s federal claims.[1]The court dismissed plaintiff’s state law discrimination claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) on Eleventh Amendment (sovereign immunity)…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Anti-Semitic Comments, Survives Dismissal

In Kinney v. Duane Reade Inc., No. 150713/17, 2019 WL 2995809, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 31948(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County July 09, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory failure to promote and termination. Plaintiff, who is white and openly gay, worked for Duane…

Read More Race/Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Against Duane Reade Survives Summary Judgment

In Babbitt v. Koeppel Nissan, Inc., 2019 WL 3296984 (EDNY July 23, 2019) – an employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation case brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the court ruled on the parties’ respective motions to compel discovery. One issue in this case, one that has become ever…

Read More Social Media Discovery Compelled (in Part) in Sexual Harassment Case

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed a law, Senate Bill S1719C (A5981), which “establishes the crime of unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image” (a/k/a “revenge porn”). The legislation, inter alia, amends the Penal Law by adding a new section (§ 245.15), titled “Unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image”, and…

Read More “Revenge Porn” Legislation Signed Into Law in New York

In Nana v. Le Viking LLC d/b/a Bistro Chez Lucienne, 17-CV-928, 2019 WL 3244181 (SDNY July 19, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff was entitled to $5,000 in emotional  distress damages on his retaliation claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. The court noted that “[a]lthough the…

Read More Emotional Distress Damages of $5,000 Awarded in Wage Retaliation Case