Pleading

In Cline v. Clinical Perfusion Systems, Inc., No. 22-5107, 2024 WL 501616 (10th Cir. Feb. 9, 2024), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, inter alia, held that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged age discrimination, and thus reversed a district court’s dismissal. From the decision: The district court erred by concluding that the FAC…

Read More Age Discrimination Sufficiently Alleged; “Inconsistent Legal Theories” Notwithstanding
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In Angelis v. Philadelphia Housing Authority, 2024 WL 643142 (E.D.Pa. Feb. 15, 2024), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sex discrimination claims. From the decision: Plaintiff pled that he was a member of a protected class and that he was subjected to an uncomfortable comment from a fellow Network Technician, who stated that “someone has…

Read More Title VII Sex Discrimination Claim Dismissed; One Comment Relating to Failure to Conform to Gender Stereotypes Held Insufficient
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In Breiding v. High Hopes Films, LLC, No. 152385/2023, 2024 WL 144966, 2024 N.Y. Slip Op. 30135(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 12, 2024), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: In order to…

Read More Retaliation Claims Survive Dismissal Against High Hopes Films, LLC
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In Dixon v. City of New York, No. 161050/2022, 2024 WL 580659 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 13, 2024), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: With respect to plaintiff’s retaliation claim, the court notes that plaintiff proffers no arguments…

Read More Court Dismisses Retaliation Claim, Citing Lack of Specificity as to When Plaintiff Voiced Complaints of Discrimination etc.
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In S.S v. Diocese of Brooklyn, No. 523927/2019, 2024 WL 515477 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 05, 2024), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to strike “scandalous” language from plaintiff’s complaint. From the decision: Defendants move by Notice of Motion seq. 002 for an order striking scandalous and unnecessary language from the complaint…

Read More “Scandalous” Language, Pertaining to History of Concealment of Alleged Priest Sexual Abuse, Was Pertinent to Claims and Thus Not Stricken, Court Rules
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In Ruiz v. Armstrong, No. 508834/2017, 2024 WL 514006 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 02, 2024), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of race and national origin discrimination asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: [A]t the motion to dismiss phase, a…

Read More Terminated Hispanic Teacher Sufficiently Alleges Race/National Origin Discrimination, Court Holds
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In a recent decision, Montgomery v. Prisma Health, No. 6:23-cv-00395-TMC, 2024 WL 449274 (D.S.C. Feb. 5, 2024), the court, inter alia, declined to adopt a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation that plaintiff’s claim of a race-based hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After reviewing pertinent case law,…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Survives Dismissal; Allegations Include Placement of Noose and Calling Plaintiff a “Slave”
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In Dobney v. The Walt Disney Company et al, 23-CV-5380 (JPO), 2024 WL 325336 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 29, 2024), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s various discrimination claims – including disparate treatment and constructive discharge – under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: First, Dobney sufficiently pleads a…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Include Burdens, Assignment of Disproportionately Heavy Workload, and Constructive Discharge
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In Davenport v. Joseph Fiordaliso et al, Civil Action No. 18-13687 (GC) (JBD), 2024 WL 343157 (D.N.J. Jan. 30, 2024), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: As to a hostile work environment, Plaintiff does not allege that anyone at the NJBPU ever used…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Frustration” Did Not Rise to the Level of Actionable Hostility
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In Moore v. Pegasus Steel, LLC, Case No. 2:22-cv-3096-RMG, 2024 WL 277779 (D.S.C. Jan. 25, 2024), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate’s Report & Recommendation to deny defendant’s partial motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim. From the decision: To establish a prima facie case of retaliation, a plaintiff must show “(1) engagement in a…

Read More Retaliation Claim Survives Dismissal; Court Cites Threat of Termination if Plaintiff Did Not Sign “Inaccurate” Disciplinary Forms
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