n Irons v. The City of New York, 16-cv-3708, 2019 WL 3752870 (EDNY Aug. 8, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant City’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and hostile work environment claims.As with many blog posts, here I have addressed only a subset of this lengthy and detailed decision; the reader…Read More NYPD Sergeant’s Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
A recent decision, Jeanty v. Precision Pipeline Solutions, LLC, 18-CV-7721, 2019 WL 3532157 (SDNY Aug. 2, 2019), illustrates that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not a general civility code for the American workplace. Here, the court, inter alia, dismisses plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim brought under the statute. To be…Read More Uncivil? Maybe. “Hostile Work Environment”? No.
In Young v. Town of Islip et al, 2019 WL 3412113 (E.D.N.Y. July 29, 2019) – in which plaintiff asserted, inter alia, claims of race discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the court denied plaintiff’s motion for a new trial under Federal Rule of Civil…Read More Verdict Sheet Did Not Confuse Jury in Race Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Holds
In Guity v. Uniondale Union Free School Dist., 2019 WL 3402280 (E.D.N.Y. July 26, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race/ethnicity-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff – a high school Spanish teacher – alleged among other things that she was targeted because she was…Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Uniondale Union Free School District;
In Culler v. New York State Unified Ct. Sys., 2019 NY Slip Op 32134(U) (Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. July 7, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds of sovereign immunity, explaining:As noted by the court, the…Read More NYCHRL Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against New York State Unified Court System
A recent decision, Konteye v. NYC Dept. of Education et al, 2019 WL 3229068 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2019), yet again illustrates that not every perceived workplace slight gives rise to an actionable “hostile work environment” claim. From the decision: [C]onsidering the totality of the circumstances, Plaintiff failed to meet his burden of showing that “[his]…Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Notwithstanding Allegations of Verbal “Harassment”, Screaming, Criticism, Etc.
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 Taylor v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 18-CV-1278, 2019 WL 2766502 (S.D.N.Y. July 2, 2019), the court discussed a common discovery issue in employment discrimination cases, namely, the extent to which a plaintiff may obtain through discovery entity-wide complaints of discrimination. In this case, plaintiff asserts claims of discrimination and retaliation, and specifically that her supervisor…Read More Court Denies Motion to Compel Discovery of Religious Discrimination Complaints, Pending Supplemental Information Relating to FRCP 26(b)(1) Proportionality
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”