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In Agostini v. EmblemHealth, Inc. et al, 16-cv-7119, 2018 WL 3350324 (S.D.N.Y. July 9, 2018), the court held that plaintiff was entitled to pursue her claims in federal court, notwithstanding the existence of an arbitration provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between her union and her employer. Here’s the law, as summarized by the […]

From Matter of New York State Div. of Human Rights v. International Fin. Servs. Group, 2018 NY Slip Op 04673 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 26, 2018): Determination of petitioner New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), dated May 19, 2015, granting the complaint for disability discrimination, awarding complainant $64,436.03 in back pay and $10,000 for […]

In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Jung v. Soho House, NY Sup Ct. NY Cty. Index No. 155882/2018 (filed June 22, 2018), plaintiff Hyun Jae Jung (known on Instagram as Miju Bijou) alleges, inter alia, that defendant Soho House’s “employees denied access of the Club to Plaintiff and her emotional support animal” – a French bulldog named […]

In Melendez v. Cablevision Systems Corp., 17-cv-9161, 2018 WL 2727890 (S.D.N.Y. June 6, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the court deemed plaintiff’s complaint insufficient, it gives an indication as to what allegations might suffice. From the decision: [T]he complaint does not allege, even in […]

In Reveyosos v. Town Sports Intl., LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 04441 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 14, 2018), a jury issued a verdict for plaintiff on her disability discrimination claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. The trial court granted defendant’s motion to set aside the jury verdict as against the weight of the evidence […]

In Whitehurst v. Staten Island University Hospital et al, , 18-cv-1090, 2018 WL 2744710 (E.D.N.Y. June 6, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied plaintiff’s motion to remand her case back to state court. In evaluating plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination against the Union, the court explained: To make out a claim under either the NYCHRL […]

In Boncimino v. New York Unified Court System et al, 17-cv-6760, 2018 WL 2225004 (S.D.N.Y. May 15, 2018), the court held that plaintiff, a New York State Court Officer, plausibly alleged claims for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), as well as disability discrimination under the […]

Among the different types of discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act is so-called “associational discrimination.” Specifically, the ADA, inter alia, prohibits an employer from excluding or otherwise denying equal jobs or benefits to a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have […]

In Valentine v. Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, P.C., 17-cv-2275, 2018 WL 1871175 (S.D.N.Y. April 16, 2018), the court denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff alleged, in sum, that defendant violated the ADA by firing her several days after she returned […]

In Salas v. New York City Department of Investigation, 2018 WL 1614339, 16-cv-8573 (S.D.N.Y. March 30, 2018), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion to dismiss, and held that plaintiff – who suffered from a stutter – stated a claim for a hostile work environment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From the decision: […]