Employment Discrimination

In Colas v. City of University of New York, 17-cv-4825, 2019 WL 2028701 (E.D.N.Y. May 7, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s pregnancy-based hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: Here, Defendants contend that Plaintiff’s allegations “amount to dissatisfaction with her supervisors, … personality…

Read More Pregnancy-Based Hostile Work Environment, Constructive Discharge Claims Dismissed Against CUNY

From NICOLE VITALE, Plaintiff, v. EQUINOX HOLDINGS, INC., Defendant., 2019 WL 2024504, at *6–7 (S.D.N.Y., 2019): [C]omments that the plaintiff was “too emotional” or reference to her as “young lady” made almost two years before her termination are insufficient to establish an inference of gender discrimination. “Verbal comments constitute evidence of discriminatory motivation when a…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claims Against Equinox Dismissed; “Too Emotional” Comment Too Remote in Time

A recent decision, Dotson v. City of Syracuse et al, 18-cv-750, 2019 WL 2009076 (N.D.N.Y. May 7, 2019), underscores that so-called “hostile work environment” claims require more than simply “derogatory”, “boorish”, or “offensive” language. The court summarized the well-established law applicable to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim: In determining whether conduct constitutes a hostile work…

Read More Derogatory, Boorish Language Did Not Give Rise to Hostile Work Environment

In Automatic Meter Reading Corp. v. New York City, No. 162211/2015, 63 Misc. 3d 1211(A), 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 50464(U), 2019 WL 1475080 (Sup Ct, Feb. 28, 2019), the court, inter alia, affirmed and enforced the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ finding of sexual harassment-based constructive discharge. It also upheld the NYCCHR’s award of $200,000…

Read More Court Upholds NYC Commission on Human Rights’ $200k Emotional Distress Damage Award in Sexual Harassment / Constructive Discharge Case

In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES et al, 2019 WL 1959489 (EDNY May 2, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The court provides the following overview of the law: To plausibly allege an actionable ADEA discrimination claim based on hostile work environment, the…

Read More ADEA Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Complaint Dismissed Against Eastern Suffolk BOCES

In Barbini v. First Niagara Bank, N.A., 16-cv-7887, 2019 WL 1922041 (S.D.N.Y. April 29, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that defendant waived the attorney-client privilege in connection with asserting the Faragher/Ellerth defense to plaintiffs’ sexual harassment claims. Under that defendant may escape liability if it can show two things, namely, (1) the employer exercised reasonable care…

Read More Invocation of Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Case Waives Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Finds

In McCullough v. John T. Mather Hospital of Port Jefferson, New York, Inc., 16-cv-4968, 2019 WL 1755436 (EDNY April 19, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. It summarized the law as follows: Title VII and NYSHRL prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of race, color,…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; “Inappropriate” Comments Were Insufficiently Severe, and Not Tied to Protected Status

In Harding v Donatella GCT LLC, No. 158886/2017, 2019 WL 1597675, at *1 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 11, 2019), the court granted plaintiff’s motion under CPLR 3025 (b) to amend her complaint to add a claim under the Fair Chance Act of the New York City Human Rights Law, alleging that Donatella…

Read More Court Permits Amendment to Add “Fair Chance Act” Criminal History Discrimination Claim