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National Origin Discrimination

In Yu v. City of New York et al, 17-CV-7327, 2018 WL 6250659 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims. It summarized the well-established legal standard: To bring a hostile work environment claim under federal or state law, a plaintiff must allege facts from which a court can […]

In Lues v. City of New York, 2018 NY Slip Op 32546(U), Index No. 161923/2013 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Oct. 5, 2018), the court held that plaintiff’s retaliation, but not gender and nationality-based discrimination, claims survived summary judgment. With respect to her discrimination claims, the court noted, inter alia, the absence of “evidence demonstrating that […]

From Kho v. New York and Presbyterian Hospital, 2018 WL 4759739 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2018): The Hospital is entitled to summary judgment on Kho’s hostile work environment claims. These claims appear predicated on: (1) Holmes’ [plaintiff’s manager] comments regarding Kho’s accent and (2) occasions on which Holmes allegedly yelled at Kho. [T]he Court declines to […]

In  Casarella v. New York State Department of Transportation, 2018 WL 4372674 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff plausibly alleged a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “To establish a hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must produce enough evidence to show […]

From Casarella v. New York State Department of Transportation, 2018 WL 4372674 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2018): Plaintiff has sufficiently alleged he is part of a protected class and that he was qualified for his position to satisfy the motion to dismiss standard. (Compl. ¶¶ 25–29.) However, whether Plaintiff sufficiently alleged that he was subject to […]

In Karimian v. Time Equities, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 05583 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Aug. 1, 2018), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation. The court explained that while “a cause of action asserted pursuant to NYCHRL must be analyzed independently from similar or identical […]

In Wheeler v. The Bank of New York Mellon, 2018 WL 3730862 (N.D.N.Y. August 6, 2018), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – a Mexican woman – plausibly asserted a failure-to-promote employment discrimination claim. In reaching this conclusion, the court pointed to plaintiff allegation that the less-qualified American woman was given the position instead. […]

In Spano v. New Team LLC, No. 153586/16, 2018 WL 3646977, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 31829(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 01, 2018), plaintiff alleged that defendants failed to hire and promote her because she was not a first-generation Italian, and that defendants improperly terminated her after she complained of discriminatory conduct. The court, inter […]

The fact pattern underlying the court’s decision in Maidana v. Boston Culinary Group, Inc., 16-cv-2342, 2018 WL 3614111 (E.D.N.Y. July 27, 2018), are (to say the least) disturbing: Plaintiff worked as a bartender for Defendant’s Fig’s Café located in LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B (hereinafter “Fig’s Café” or “Defendant”). (See Compl. ¶ 8–10.) An incident occurred […]

In Saber v. New York State Department of Financial Services, 15-cv-5944, 2018 WL 3491695 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2018), the court, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict that defendant discriminated against plaintiff – by not promoting him – because of his national origin (Iranian). Among the evidence of discrimination was a comment that plaintiff was “hiding yellow […]