Employment Discrimination

In Doe v. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Inc. d/b/a Alta Restaurant, 2019 WL 3034793 (SDNY July 10, 2019) – in which plaintiff asserts claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. and other statutes for alleged sexual discrimination and retaliation – the court denied plaintiff’s motion to…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff May Not Proceed Anonymously, Court Concludes Upon Application of 10-Factor Test

In Bugtani v. Dish Network LLC, 2019 WL 2914158 (EDNY 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff’s employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims under Title VII of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws were subject to arbitration. From the decision: The arbitration agreement that the plaintiff signed is broad, see Johnston…

Read More Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment (Non-SOX) Claims Are Subject to Arbitration, Court Holds

Recently, the Second Circuit, in Legrand v. Walmart Stores East, LP, 2019 WL 3026881 (2d Cir. July 11, 2019) (Summary Order) held, inter alia, that one plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981,…

Read More Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims (Based on Behind-the-Back Comments) Sufficiently Alleged, Court Holds

In Howard v. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 2019 WL 2910684 (2d Cir. July 8, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court provides an instructive overview of what a plaintiff must demonstrate in order…

Read More Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Sex Discrimination Claim Against Port Authority

In Corso v. New York State Dept. of Corrections & Community Supervision, 2019 WL 2869573 (NDNY July 3, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Title VII does not impose “a general…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Isolation, Hostile Comments and “Attitudes” (Etc.) Insufficient

In Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources, LLC, 2019 WL 2754961 (2d Cir. July 2, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the lower court’s finding, after a bench trial, in defendant’s favor on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and hostile work environment claims. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court summarized the law as follows: In…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Not Established; Alleged Incidents Were “Only Mild or Isolated Instances of Harassment”

In Borzon v. Green, et al., 18-2211 (2d Cir. July 2, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights ACt of 1964. Plaintiff, who is white, alleged that shortly after his hiring, defendant was hired to serve as plaintiff’s…

Read More 2nd Circuit, Citing Negative Performance Reviews, Affirms Dismissal of White Plaintiff’s Title VII Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of (among other protected characteristics) race and color. A lesser-known federal law, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, as interpreted, also prohibits race discrimination in the making and enforcing of contracts (including the “at-will” employment relationship). While both prohibit race discrimination in employment, these federal…

Read More SCOTUS Grants Certiorari Petition to Review Causation Standard for Race Discrimination Claims Under 42 U.S.C. § 1981

In Cruz v. G-Star Inc. et al, 17-CV-7685, 2019 WL 2521299 (S.D.N.Y. June 19, 2019), an employment discrimination case involving (inter alia) allegations of sexual harassment, the court imposed sanctions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) on defendants for engaging in spoliation of evidence (electronically-stored information, or ESI). From the decision: Here, the circumstances…

Read More Court Imposes Spoliation Sanctions in Sexual Harassment Case