Gender Discrimination

In Doton v. City of Syracuse, 11-CV-620, 2019 WL 6337326 (NDNY Nov. 27, 2019), a gender discrimination case, the court ruled on various motions in limine with respect to evidence the parties seek to introduce at the upcoming trial. Among other issues addressed by the court, defendants sought to preclude Plaintiff from offering “me too” evidence “regarding…

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In Katsoolis v. Liquid Media Group, Ltd., 2019 WL 6050972 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 15, 2019), the court ruled on proposed amendments to plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). This case is instructive as to how courts assess complaints for facial sufficiency vis-a-vis the issue of discriminatory motive/intent in an…

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In O’Rourke v. National Foreign Trade Council, No. 10104, 156502/16, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 07489, 2019 WL 5232866 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Oct. 17, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision (by Supreme Court judge Alan Marin) to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss for gender discrimination and retaliation under the New York City Human…

Read More City HRL Retaliation Claim Stated; Court Cites Threat to “Make the Situation Worse” For Plaintiff if She Continued to Complain

In Mercedes v. New York City Department of Education, 2019 WL 4926968 (2d Cir. 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With respect to the gender discrimination claim, after summarizing the relevant law, applied…

Read More Gender Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Court Cites Lack of Discriminatory Comments and Equivalent Treatment to Males

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 Chow-Tai v Fulvio & Associates, LLP, No. 158939/2018, 2019 WL 4039146, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 32514(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 27, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s constructive discharge claim. From the decision: To establish a constructive discharge, Plaintiff must demonstrate “deliberate and intentional” acts of…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Survives Dismissal; Sexual Harassment and Other Claims Dismissed as Time-Barred

In Coku v. The New York Presbyterian Hospital et al, 17-cv-2488, 2019 WL 3779507 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 12, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the relevant legal standards, and noting that “the standard for establishing a hostile work environment is high”, the court noted that plaintiff did not meet…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Mistreatment Was Not Due to Protected Characteristic

In Menaker v. Hofstra University, 18-3089-cv, 2019 WL 3819631 (2d Cir. Aug. 15, 2019), the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized its holding(s) as follows: (1) Where a university (a) takes an adverse employment action against an…

Read More Second Circuit Vacates Dismissal of Hofstra Tennis Coach’s Sex Discrimination Claim