FRCP 12(b)(6)

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 Williams v. Classic Security et al, 2019 WL 4511953 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 19, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. Plaintiff asserts claims under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. 1981, which are all subject to the burden-shifting framework set out in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792 (1973).…

Read More Dismissal of Race Discrimination Case, and a Pleading Tutorial

In Murtha v. New York State Gaming Commission et al, 17-cv-10040, 2019 WL 4450687 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq. (ADEA). The court summarized the pertinent law: The ADEA prohibits requiring people…

Read More Hostile Work Environment (Age/ADEA) Claim Insufficiently Alleged, Court Holds

In Akinde v. NYC Health & Hospital Corp. et al, 16-cv-8882, 2019 WL 4392959 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Judge Woods summarized the relevant legal standard(s):[1]Paragraphing added. To establish a…

Read More Complaint Sufficiently Alleges Title VII and ADA Discrimination & Retaliation Claims, Court Finds

In MacAlister v. Millennium Hotels & Resorts et al, 2019 WL 3765825 (S.D.N.Y. August 9, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – a white American woman over the age of 40 – sufficiently alleged discrimination and a hostile work environment based on her age. gender and race. As to plaintiff’s discrimination claims, the…

Read More “Old White Bitch” Among Comments Held Sufficient to Allege Age/Race/Gender Discrimination & Hostile Work Environment Claims

In Gayle v. Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School et al, 18-cv-9874, 2019 WL 3759097 (SDNY July 29, 2019), the court dismissed the sexual harassment claim of plaintiff – an employee of a federally-funded educational institution – brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, finding that Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Read More Instructor at Federally-Funded School Had Exclusive Remedy for Sexual Harassment Under Title VII, Not Title IX, Court Rules

In Kaplan v. New York State Department of Labor, 2019 WL 3252911 (S.D.N.Y. July 19, 2019), a case involving claims of discrimination based on religion, the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s federal claims.[1]The court dismissed plaintiff’s state law discrimination claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) on Eleventh Amendment (sovereign immunity)…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Anti-Semitic Comments, Survives Dismissal

In Kallinikos v. New York State Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision et al, 2019 WL 3216769 (EDNY July 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged religious discrimination, in the form of a failure-to-promote, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court explained the applicable pleading standard:…

Read More Religious Discrimination Failure-to-Promote Claim Sufficiently Alleged

In Cao-Bossa v. New York State Dep’t of Labor, 18-CV-0509, 2019 WL 2743505 (N.D.N.Y. July 1, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff should be permitted to amend her complaint to add a claim for national origin discrimination. From the decision: As to Plaintiff’s claim for national origin discrimination, Defendant argues that amendment would…

Read More National Origin Discrimination Claim by Chinese Plaintiff May Proceed; Persons Identified as “American” Were Appropriate Comparators