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Disability Discrimination

Sadly, George H.W. Bush – the 41st President of the United States – died on November 30, 2018. One of his accomplishments was his signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 USC § 12101 et seq., on July 26, 1990. The ADA – which was amended/overhauled in 2008 – is a significant […]

In Matter of 130-10 Food Corp. v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2018 NY Slip Op 08123 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Nov. 28, 2018), the court held that employment (disability) discrimination claim should be dismissed on statute-of-limitations grounds. The court explained: “Pursuant to Executive Law § 297(5), a complainant seeking redress under the [New […]

From Perez v. Mason Tenders District Council, 17-3896 (2d Circuit Nov. 21, 2018) (Summary Order): Perez concedes in her opening brief, as she did before the district court, that her complaint was filed outside the 90-day window she had from receiving the EEOC’s rightto-sue letter to bring her claim. Nevertheless, she maintains that the limitations […]

In Vitti v Macy’s Inc., No. 152875/2018, 2018 WL 5787308, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 32809(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 05, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for disability discrimination and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case was not decided based on the merits, […]

In Schmitt v. City of New York et al, 15-CV-05992, 2018 WL 5777019 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 1, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability-related hostile work environment claims. This decision teaches, among other things, that the facts underlying such claims must be evaluated as a whole, rather than piecemeal. […]

In Dooley v. JetBlue Airways Corp., 17-2899 (2d Cir. Sept. 25, 2018) (Summary Order) affirmed the district court’s summary judgment dismissal,[1]Dooley v. JetBlue Airways Corp., No. 14-CV-4432, 2017 WL 3738721 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 29, 2017.) following discovery, of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court explained, inter alia: “Although Dooley disputes […]

In A. Anonymous v. Mount Sinai Hospital, 2018 WL 4567945, 2018 NY Slip Op 06212 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Sept. 25, 2018), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court’s order granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. Central to the court’s […]

In a recent decision, Wolfinger v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 17-cv-1710, 2018 WL 3637964 (E.D.N.Y. July 31, 2018), the court, inter alia, explained and clarified what, exactly, a plaintiff must allege to sufficiently plead a failure-to-accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court explained: A plaintiff bringing a failure-to-accommodate claim […]

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 […]