Failure to Accommodate Disability

In Woolf v. Bloomberg L.P., 16-cv-6953 (PKC), 2019 WL 1046656 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this case, Plaintiff alleges (inter alia) that his employer violated the ADA by terminating him on the…

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In Torres v. New York City Dept. of Education, 18-cv-2156, 2019 WL 2124891 (E.D.N.Y. May 15, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for dismissal on the pleadings (under FRCP 12(c)) of plaintiff’s failure to accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized the law as follows: An employer is liable…

Read More Citing Factual Issues, Court Declines to Dismiss ADA Failure to Accommodate Claim on the Pleadings

In Schmitt v. City of New York et al, 15-CV-05992, 2018 WL 5777019 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 1, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability-related hostile work environment claims. This decision teaches, among other things, that the facts underlying such claims must be evaluated as a whole, rather than piecemeal.…

Read More Disability-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment

In A. Anonymous v. Mount Sinai Hospital, 2018 WL 4567945, 2018 NY Slip Op 06212 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Sept. 25, 2018), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court’s order granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. Central to the court’s…

Read More Citing Lack of Knowledge of HIV, First Department Affirms Dismissal of Disability Discrimination Claim

In a recent decision, Wolfinger v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 17-cv-1710, 2018 WL 3637964 (E.D.N.Y. July 31, 2018), the court, inter alia, explained and clarified what, exactly, a plaintiff must allege to sufficiently plead a failure-to-accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court explained: A plaintiff bringing a failure-to-accommodate claim…

Read More Court Clarifies “Failure to Accommodate Disability” Employment Discrimination Claim: Wolfinger v. ConEd

In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Jung v. Soho House, NY Sup Ct. NY Cty. Index No. 155882/2018 (filed June 22, 2018), plaintiff Hyun Jae Jung (known on Instagram as Miju Bijou) alleges, inter alia, that defendant Soho House’s “employees denied access of the Club to Plaintiff and her emotional support animal” – a French bulldog named…

Read More Lawsuit: Public Accommodation Discrimination Claim Against Soho House Following Support Dog-Based Ejection

In Valentine v. Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, P.C., 17-cv-2275, 2018 WL 1871175 (S.D.N.Y. April 16, 2018), the court denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff alleged, in sum, that defendant violated the ADA by firing her several days after she returned…

Read More Failure to Accommodate Disability Claim Survives Dismissal [Valentine v. Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, P.C.]

In Best v. Duane Reade, Inc. (2d Cir. 17-380 March 22, 2018) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate, discrimination, and retaliation claims under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Here is the legal standard:[1]As usual, citations are omitted. ADA claims are analyzed under the burden-shifting framework established for discrimination claims:…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed Against Duane Reade

In Sefovic v. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2017 WL 3668845 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2017), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s claims under, inter alia, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In sum, defendant terminated plaintiff after he failed to return to work following medical leave. Specifically: “The undisputed facts establish…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claims Dismissed, in Light of Plaintiff’s Inability to Work

In Allen v. A.R.E.B.A. Casriel, Inc., 2017 WL 4046127 (S.D.N.Y., 2017), the court held that plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate-disability claim survived summary judgment.[1]The court dismissed, however, plaintiff’s claims of age and race discrimination. From the decision: Defendants concede that Plaintiff was disabled and that ACI was aware of Plaintiff’s macular degeneration. (Def. 56.1 ¶ 25). Defendants argue they…

Read More Failure to Accommodate Disability (Macular Degeneration) Claim Survives Summary Judgment