EEOC Practice

In Szwalla v. Time Warner Cable LLC, No. 15-3479, 2016 WL 7018340 (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2016) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment/sexual harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff alleged that two supervisors sexually harassed her…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) & Retaliation Claims Properly Dismissed Against Time Warner Cable

In Fisher v. Mermaid Manor Home for Adults, LLC, No. 14-CV-3461 (WFK)(JO), 2016 WL 3636021 (E.D.N.Y. June 29, 2016), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race/national origin-based hostile work environment claim. Plaintiff sued after being apprised by co-workers of an Instagram post which “consisted of two photographs of Plaintiff contrasted with a…

Read More Instagram “Planet of the Apes” Comparison Results in Denial of Summary Judgment in Race/National Origin Discrimination (Hostile Work Environment) Case

In Gomez v. New York City Police Dep’t, No. 15-CV-4036 (AJN), 2016 WL 3212108 (S.D.N.Y. June 7, 2016), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the NYS and NYC Human Rights Laws. Election of Remedies Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s decision…

Read More Sexual Harassment (and Other) Claims Dismissed; Court Discusses and Applies Principles of Administrative Exhaustion, Election of Remedies, and Statute of Limitations

In addition to being difficult to prove, employment discrimination cases are riddled with procedural minefields. One wrong step, and boom: your case is over. A recent decision, Miller v. St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hosp. Ctr. d/b/a Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hosp., No. 15-cv-7019, 2016 WL 1275066 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 2016), illustrates that in the law, seemingly mundane…

Read More Checking Wrong EEOC Box Results in Dismissal of Claim as Time-Barred

Every legal claim has a “statute of limitations” – that is, a deadline for filing a lawsuit in court. Failure to commence an action by the applicable statute of limitations can be fatal and result in the loss of important rights. In employment discrimination litigation, one key deadline when asserting claims under, for example, Title…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Was Timely; “Three Day” Mailing Presumption Rebutted

A recent Southern District of New York case, McLeod v. Jewish Guild for the Blind, No. 1:13-CV-6746-GHW, 2015 WL 5008732 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 21, 2015), illustrates the importance of timely filing an EEOC charge when asserting claims under, e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in an employment discrimination (here, sexual harassment) case.…

Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed as Time-Barred

In Baldwin v. Foxx, EEOC Appeal No. 0120133080 (July 15, 2015), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that discrimination based on sexual orientation is discrimination based on “sex” and actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on, among other things, “sex,” but…

Read More EEOC: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation is Discrimination Based on “Sex” in Violation of Title VII

On June 25, 2015, the EEOC issued a revised Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues. This document supersedes the Enforcement Guidance dated July 14, 2014. The EEOC left much of the  prior guidance intact, but modified portions of it (relating to disparate treatment and light duty) in response to the Supreme Court’s decision…

Read More EEOC Issues Revised Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance in Light of Young v. UPS

Often, the facts that give rise to employment discrimination, hostile work environment, or constructive discharge claims will give rise to state law claims such as assault, battery, or intentional infliction of emotional distress. This is what happened in Castagna v. Luceno and Majestic Kitchens. There, plaintiff alleged that her boss, Bill Luceno, engaged in physically abusive…

Read More Filing EEOC Charge Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations for Related State Tort Claims

In Saliba v Five Towns College, the Eastern District of New York held that plaintiff, an assistant professor, failed to state a claim for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff alleged that she was terminated solely because she had voiced her concerns regarding rampant corruption in the administration of…

Read More Court Dismisses Professor’s Retaliation Claim Based on Complaints About Another Professor’s Sexual Harassment of Students