Sexual Orientation/LGBT Discrimination

In Kinney v. Duane Reade Inc., No. 150713/17, 2019 WL 2995809, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 31948(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County July 09, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory failure to promote and termination. Plaintiff, who is white and openly gay, worked for Duane…

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Today, June 30, 2019 (the last day of Pride Month), thousands (millions?) of people showed their pride by marching to celebrate LGBT rights. This has a special significance this year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. While LGBT rights have advanced significantly since 1969 – including an amendment to the New York…

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In Kaplan-DiNola v. NYC Dept. of Education, 2019 WL 1779601 (S.D.N.Y. April 23, 2019) – a sexual orientation discrimination case – the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. In this case, plaintiff, a teacher who describes herself as “homosexual”, alleges (inter alia) that throughout her tenure as teacher at P.S.…

Read More Teacher’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Against the NYC Dept. of Education Survives Dismissal

On Monday, April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in several cases – including Altitude Express, Inc. et al v. Zarda, Melissa, et al. (17-1623), which originated in the Second Circuit. The Question Presented in the Zarda case, as set forth in that case’s certiorari petition (which I wrote about here) is: Whether…

Read More SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Title VII Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

In a recent decision, Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Company, 18-20251 (5th Cir. Feb. 6, 2019), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition on discrimination “because of … sex” does not protect against discrimination based on transgender status. In light of other…

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In Walsh v. A.R. Walker & Co., Inc., No. 155009/16, 2018 WL 6505409, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 33159(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Dec. 07, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual orientation-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In this case,…

Read More Sexual Orientation-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Under the NYC Human Rights Law Survives Summary Judgment

In Peckham v. Island Park Union Free School District, 2018 WL 6332441 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Dec. 5, 2018), the Second Department reversed the lower court’s denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment, and held that plaintiff’s complaint – alleging age and sexual orientation discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law – should…

Read More Age, Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Should Have Been Dismissed as Time-Barred, Second Department Holds

In Cargian v. Breitling USA, Inc., No. 16-3592-cv, 2018 WL 4293325 (2d Cir. Sept. 10, 2018) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit vacated and remanded a prior order granting summary judgment to defendant in plaintiff’s sexual orientation discrimination case asserted under, inter alia, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The basis for this…

Read More 2d Circuit Revives Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Against Breitling in Light of Zarda Ruling

In Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources LLC, 13-cv-43842018 WL 3388295 (S.D.N.Y. July 12, 2018), the court addressed what it characterized as “a threshold legal question,” namely, “whether a plaintiff may aggregate evidence of racial and sexual harassment to support a hostile work environment claim where neither charge could survive on its own.” On this issue,…

Read More Court Discusses “Aggregation” Approach to Hostile Work Environment