Religion-Based Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq. (emphasis added). The statute further provides that The term “religion” includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief, unless an employer demonstrates that he is…

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In Stancu v. New York City/Parks Dept., 20-CV-10371(ALC), 2022 WL 4581844 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s religion-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: To establish a hostile work environment … a plaintiff must show…

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In Matias v. Montefiore Medical Center et al, No. 20-CV-2849 (VEC), 2022 WL 4448585 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of religion-based hostile work environment. From the decision: Defendants argue that Plaintiff has not identified any sufficiently severe or pervasive statements or conduct that would constitute…

Read More Catholic’s Religion-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Run of the Mill” Workplace Disputes Were Not Actionable
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In Werahera v. Regents of University of Colorado, No. 21-cv-02776-NYW, 2022 WL 3645979 (D.Colo. August 24, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After explaining the “black letter” law and elements of this claim, the…

Read More Religion and National Origin Discrimination Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss Against Regents of the University of Colorado
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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Aurora Renovations and Developments, LLC d/b/a Aurora Pro Services, M.D. North Carolina, 1:22-cv-00490 (June 27, 2022), the EEOC asserts religion-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the complaint, the EEOC alleges, inter alia, that one employee (McGaha) “was terminated…

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In Gangadharan v. GNS Goods and Services, et al, 18-cv-7342, 2022 WL 824135 (E.D.N.Y. March 18, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff’s motion for default judgment on her claims of religion and gender-based hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Include “Muslim Bitch” Comments
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In Richards v. The Department of Education of the City of New York et al, 21-cv-338, 2022 WL 329226 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff plausibly alleged retaliation. The court did, however, dismiss several of plaintiff’s other claims, such as for race- and religion-based hostile work environment. Accordingly, this case teaches…

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In Tihan v Apollo Management Holdings, L.P., No. 15121, 152196/19, 2021-00637, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 00365, 2022 WL 174477 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Jan. 20, 2022), the New York Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously affirmed a lower court’s decision dismissing plaintiff’s religion- and national origin-based employment discrimination claims. In this case, plaintiff – a Muslim man…

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In Goldin v. Alphawit LLC, 2022 NY Slip Op 00249 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 13, 2022), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s “religious persecution” claim asserted under the New York State Human Rights Law and Article 47 of the New York City Health. Plaintiff’s complaint alleged that defendant refused to allow plaintiff’s…

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In Lax v. The City University of New York, 20-3906-cv, 2022 WL 103315 (2d Cir. Jan. 11, 2022), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of a religion-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In order to establish a hostile…

Read More CUNY Professor’s Religion-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed
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