42 USC § 1981

In Chica v. Shallu Construction Corp., 21-cv-869, 2022 WL 970744 (E.D.N.Y. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiffs – who are Hispanic and of Latin American descent – sufficiently alleged race-based hostile work environment claims against defendants. As to individual defendant Amninder Singh, the court explained: Plaintiffs have pleaded a “steady barrage…

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In Felder v. United States Tennis Association, 2022 WL 663145 (2d Cir. March 7, 2022), the Second Circuit considered the question of what a Title VII plaintiff must adequately allege to plead the existence of an employer-employee relationship pursuant to the “joint employer” doctrine. The alleged facts, in sum/brief: a security company (AJ Security) hired…

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In Mondelo v. Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP et al, 21-cv-02512, 2022 WL 524551 (SDNY Feb. 22, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claims, arising from plaintiff’s complaints of discrimination on the basis of his Spanish Ethnicity/Ancestry/National Origin, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the New York State…

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In Mondelo v. Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP et al, 21-cv-02512, 2022 WL 524551 (SDNY Feb. 22, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Spanish Ethnicity/Ancestry/National Origin-based hostile work environment claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights…

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In Brown v. Montefiore Medical Center, 19-CV-11474, 2022 WL 392313 (S.D.N.Y. February 9, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint – which alleged employment (race) discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation – to allege constructive discharge stemming from a hostile work environment claim. (In a prior decision, dated March 25,…

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In Chandler v. La-Z-Boy, Inc., No. 5:21-cv-05101-JMG, 2022 WL 348169 (E.D.Pa. Feb. 4, 2022), the court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s discrimination/constructive discharge and hostile work environment claims asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Plaintiff alleges, inter alia, that three weeks into her employment, she was called a “colored girl” by her manager, and…

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In Adeniji v. The City of New York et al, 19-CV-8032, 2022 WL 254939 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 27, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination against the City of New York asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among other things, the court discussed and applied the…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claim (Based on “Lazy”, “Inferior” Remarks) Survives Against City of New York
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In Quinones v. City of Binghamton et al, No. 3:19-cv-1460,  2022 WL 43764 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged “adverse action” discrimination, based on race (Hispanic), under 42 U.S.C. 1981. (I discussed the court’s holding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged a race-based “hostile work environment” here.)  From the…

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In Quinones v. City of Binghamton et al, No. 3:19-cv-1460,  2022 WL 43764 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of a race-based hostile work environment asserted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1981. After summarizing the “black letter” law governing plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Anti-Hispanic Ridicule, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Belton v. GEO Group, Inc., No. 21-30144, 2021 WL 5832953 (5th Cir. Dec. 8, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of race discrimination claims under, inter alia, 42 U.S.C. 1981. Here, the plaintiff (a black man) claims that they were disciplined more harshly than…

Read More Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race Discrimination Claim; Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Plaintiff & White Female Were Not Comparable
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