National Origin Discrimination

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

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…

Read More Court Dismisses LAG Bartender’s Discrimination Claim Following Alleged Customer Harassment

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…

Read More Court Upholds Jury’s Finding for Plaintiff on National Origin Discrimination Claim

In Fields v. New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, 17-cv-6042, 2018 WL 3518506 (E.D.N.Y. July 20, 2018), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of race and national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York City Human…

Read More Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Dismissed Against NYC Health & Hospital Corporation

In Caddick v. Personnel Co. I LLC, 16-cv-7326, 2018 WL 3222520 (S.D.N.Y. June 29, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII claims of gender and national origin discrimination claims because they were not properly “exhausted” at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The court explained: In Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, she has asserted that she was…

Read More Court: Discrimination Claims Must Be Separately Exhausted at the EEOC

In Adlah v. Emergency Ambulance Services, 17-CV-4688, 2018 WL 3093972 (E.D.N.Y. June 22, 2018), the court held that plaintiff – who worked for defendant as an EMT – pleaded enough facts to support his claims of employment discrimination and hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis…

Read More Lebanese Muslim Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges National Origin and Religion-Based Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims

In Kobos v. Target Corporation et al, 15–cv-5573, 2018 WL 2943575 (E.D.N.Y. June 12, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The court explained the legal standard: To establish a claim for a hostile work environment, a plaintiff must show “that the complained of conduct: (1) is objectively severe or pervasive—that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Unprofessional” and “Upsetting” Conduct Insufficient

In Emamian v. Rockefeller University, 07-cv-3919, 2018 WL 2849700 (S.D.N.Y. June 8, 2018) – a race/national origin discrimination case – the court held, inter alia, that the jury’s emotional distress damages award of $2 million was excessive, and remitted that award to $200,000. After providing a summary of the relevant “black-letter” law in this area, the…

Read More Court Remits Emotional Distress Damages Award in Employment Discrimination Case From $2M to $200K

In Persaud v. Walgreens Co., 2018 NY Slip Op 03555, 2018 WL 2224185 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. May 16, 2018), the court summarized the legal standard applicable to claims under the NYC Human Rights Law: The NYCHRL prohibits discrimination in employment based upon, inter alia, race and national origin (see Administrative Code of City of N.Y.…

Read More Dismissal of NYCHRL Race, National Origin Discrimination Claims Affirmed

In Luckie v. Northern Adult Day Health Care Center, 2018 NY Slip Op 03349, 2018 WL 2123993 (App. Div. 2d Dept. May 9, 2018), the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint under CPLR 3211(a) pursuant to the NYS Human Rights Law’s “election of remedies” doctrine. This decision illustrates why employment discrimination…

Read More Employment Discrimination Complaint Properly Dismissed Under “Election of Remedies” Doctrine [Luckie v. Northern Adult Day Health Care Center]