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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 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 Olaechea v. City of New York et al, 17-CV-4797, 2019 WL 4805846 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. As to…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Romantic Rumors Insufficient

In Schaper v. The Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and Carol Wilson, 17-cv-01246, 2019 WL 4748303 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

In Brown v. Montefiore Medical Center et al, 15-cv-724, 2019 WL 4738911 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2019) – a race discrimination case – the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff, a nursing attendant who…

Read More Race Discrimination Case Survives Summary Judgment; Jury Question Existed as to Whether Allegedly Biased Supervisor Played “Meaningful Role” in Plaintiff’s Termination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently issued a document titled “Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Immigration Status and National Origin“. It begins by summarizing and outlining the contributions that immigrants has made to New York City: Approximately 3.2 million New York City residents were born outside of the…

Read More NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Enforcement Guidance on Immigration Status and National Origin Discrimination

In Matter of Rohde (Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Inc.–Commissioner of Labor), 2019 NY Slip Op 06681 (App. Div. 3d Dept. Sept. 19, 2019), the court affirmed the denial of unemployment benefits, on the ground that the claimant did not establish “good cause” for resigning. Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: Claimant, an…

Read More Resignation Without Good Cause, Notwithstanding Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Allegations, Justified Denial of Unemployment Benefits, Court Holds

In a recent decision, Kelleher v. Fred A. Cook, Inc., 18‐2385, 2019 WL 4616715, the Second Circuit held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim for “associational discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (ADA), and vacated the lower court’s decision dismissing the complaint. Here, Plaintiff alleged that he was…

Read More 2d Circuit Overturns Dismissal of ADA “Associational” Disability Discrimination Claim

In Ruiz et al v. New Avon LLC, 18-CV-9033, 2019 WL 4601847 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed a plaintiff’s pregnancy discrimination (hostile work environment) claim upon application of the “continuing violation” doctrine. Initially, the court dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination claims, based on discrete acts, as time-barred. Nevertheless, Judge Broderick continued: However, I…

Read More Pregnancy Discrimination / Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal Under the “Continuing Violation” Doctrine

In Edo v. Antika Pizzeria Astoria, Inc., 15-cv-5605, 2019 WL 4602799 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim, finding that it was not administratively exhausted at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). From the decision: The court agrees with defendant’s argument that plaintiff’s hostile work environment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Not Asserted at the EEOC, Dismissed