Gender Discrimination

As you may have heard, Steve Easterbrook was recently dismissed from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s due to his alleged consensual relationship with a staff member, which was against company policy.  It was also reported that he will receive a severance package of nearly $42 million – comprising six months…

Read More McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook Terminated Following Relationship With Employee

In Robinson v. Medical Answering Service et al, 5:18-CV-1222, 2019 WL 5653378 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 31, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on the ground that that claim was (a) not asserted in plaintiff’s EEOC filing, and (b) not “reasonably related”…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed as Not Administratively Exhausted at the EEOC; Not “Reasonably Related” to EEOC Gender Discrimination Claim

In O’Rourke v. National Foreign Trade Council, No. 10104, 156502/16, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 07489, 2019 WL 5232866 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Oct. 17, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision (by Supreme Court judge Alan Marin) to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss for gender discrimination and retaliation under the New York City Human…

Read More City HRL Retaliation Claim Stated; Court Cites Threat to “Make the Situation Worse” For Plaintiff if She Continued to Complain

In O’Rourke v. National Foreign Trade Council, No. 10104, 156502/16, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 07489, 2019 WL 5232866 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Oct. 17, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision (by Supreme Court judge Alan Marin) to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss for gender discrimination and retaliation under the New York City Human…

Read More Complaint States Claim For Gender Discrimination Under the NYC Human Rights Law; Derogatory Comments About Women Were More Than “Petty Slights”

In Mercedes v. New York City Department of Education, 2019 WL 4926968 (2d Cir. 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With respect to the gender discrimination claim, after summarizing the relevant law, applied…

Read More Gender Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Court Cites Lack of Discriminatory Comments and Equivalent Treatment to Males

Here is the recent lawsuit, captioned Graham Chase Robinson v. Robert De Niro and Canal Productions, Inc., SDNY, 19-cv-09156 (filed October 3, 2019), in which the plaintiff – a former executive assistant to Robert De Niro – asserts claims of gender discrimination and wage/hour violations against the legendary actor and what the complaint characterizes as…

Read More Gender Discrimination & Wage Violation Lawsuit Against Robert De Niro

In Murphy v. City of Newburgh, 2019 WL 4855691 (2d Cir. Oct. 2, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While plaintiff did complain of certain treatment, her complaints did not amount to legally-actionable “protected activity.” The court…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Retaliation Claim; Disconnect From Gender Means No “Protected Activity”

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 Coku v. The New York Presbyterian Hospital et al, 17-cv-2488, 2019 WL 3779507 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 12, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the relevant legal standards, and noting that “the standard for establishing a hostile work environment is high”, the court noted that plaintiff did not meet…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Mistreatment Was Not Due to Protected Characteristic