Pleading

In Berges v Bodner, No. 153658/2019, 2019 WL 4643770, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 32825(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 24, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint. From the decision: The only element that the parties seriously dispute is … whether her termination occurred under circumstances…

Read More Employment Discrimination Complaint Proceeds; Replacement Shortly After Termination Creates (Weak) Inference of Discrimination

In Hooper v. PetSmart, Inc. et al, 2019 WL 4888651 (EDNY Sept. 30, 2019), the court denied plaintiff’s motion to amend an age discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The court held that plaintiff’s ADEA claim had three flaws; its discussion of each succinctly highlights important features of the…

Read More ADEA Claim Insufficiently Alleged Against PetSmart; Motion to Amend Deniedismissed Against PetSmart

In Wallace v. Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary, Department of the Army, 18-cv-6525, 2019 WL 4805813 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2019), the court, niter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim of gender discrimination, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the elements of such a claim:…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Reassignment to Less-Experienced Male Colleague

In Williams v. Classic Security et al, 2019 WL 4511953 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 19, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. Plaintiff asserts claims under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. 1981, which are all subject to the burden-shifting framework set out in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792 (1973).…

Read More Dismissal of Race Discrimination Case, and a Pleading Tutorial

In Murtha v. New York State Gaming Commission et al, 17-cv-10040, 2019 WL 4450687 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq. (ADEA). The court summarized the pertinent law: The ADEA prohibits requiring people…

Read More Hostile Work Environment (Age/ADEA) Claim Insufficiently Alleged, Court Holds

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 Rosen v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education, 2019 WL 4039958 (S.D.N.Y., 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff – a teacher – sufficiently alleged age discrimination under theories of “constructive discharge” and “hostile work environment.” In order to make out a prima facie case under the ADEA, the court explained, a plaintiff must show…

Read More Teacher Plausibly Alleges Age Discrimination, Court Holds

In Alvarado v. Mount Pleasant Cottage School District et al, 2019 WL 4039149 (S.D.N.Y. August 27, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race and national origin-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized plaintiff’s allegations as follows: Here, Plaintiff has pointed to four incidents, perpetuated by Defendant Sheppard, that support her race/national origin-based hostile-work-environment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Not Sufficiently Alleged, Notwithstanding Tasteless, Mean, Ignorant, and Biased Comments

In Wikked Entertainment, Inc. v. Burbacki, No. 652352/2018, 2019 WL 3854921, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 32440(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 16, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that the facts as alleged, taken as true, fit within a theory of recovery (in the nature of employment discrimination / hostile work environment), but…

Read More Employment Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Counterclaim Allegations Fit Within Legal Theory, But Responding Party Was Entitled to More Definite Statement