National Origin Discrimination

In Cubelo v. City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 00689 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 31, 2019), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims. Plaintiff – who was born in Spain – alleged that he was “passed over for several promotions in his employment as a civil engineer with…

Read More Court Affirms Dismissal of Engineer’s Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

In Daeisadeghi v. Equinox Great Neck, Inc., 16-CV-01698, 2019 WL 331637 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed on summary judgment plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. This case teaches, among other things, that even “insulting” conduct does not necessarily result in the establishment of a hostile work environment claim. From the decision:…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Equinox

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…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; “Asian Girl” Comment Insufficient

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…

Read More Retaliation Claim Continues Against City of New York; Court Cites Changed Demeanor After Learning of Lawsuit

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…

Read More Court Explains Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Accent-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim

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…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal; Anti-Italian Slurs Were “Pervasive”

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…

Read More Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges Title VII National Origin Discrimination Claim

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…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Claims Barred by Collateral Estoppel [Karimian v. Time Equities]

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.…

Read More Failure-to-Promote Claim Survives Dismissal Against BNY Mellon

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…

Read More Citing Preference for “First Generation Italian”, Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Employment Discrimination Claim