NYS Human Rights Law

Today, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (A8421 / S6577) that substantially strengthens the New York State Human Rights Law, particularly with respect to sexual harassment. Among other things, the legislation: Eliminates the “severe or pervasive” standard for hostile work environment claims; Eliminates the so-called “Faragher/Ellerth defense” to hostile work environment claims, in that “[t]he fact that…

Read More Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening the New York State Human Rights Law

In a recently-filed lawsuit – captioned Leibowitz v. New York County Lawyers Association et al, NY Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. Index No. 517381/2019 (filed Aug. 7, 2019) – plaintiff alleges that the New York County Lawyers Association (and other individually-named defendants) discriminated against her because of her gender/pregnancy and retaliated against her. Plaintiff alleges, inter…

Read More Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against the NY County Lawyers Association

In a recent case, Palmer v. Cook, 2019 NY Slip Op 29240 (Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. Aug. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently stated a claim for hostile work environment under the New York City Human Rights Law.[1]As with many blog posts, here I have addressed only a subset of this…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Comments, Thrown Objects, and Changed Locks

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 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:[1]As noted by the court, the…

Read More NYCHRL Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against New York State Unified Court System

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, dismissed plaintiff’s state law discrimination claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) on Eleventh Amendment (sovereign immunity) grounds.[1]The court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s federal…

Read More State, City Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYS Dep’t of Labor on Eleventh Amendment Grounds

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

In Catalano v. Fox Tel. Stas., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 04463 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 6, 2019), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the lower court’s dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case is instructive on the nature and…

Read More Employer Met Obligation to Have “Interactive Dialogue” Relating to Reasonably Accommodating Plaintiff’s Disability, Court Finds