National Origin Discrimination

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…

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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]

In Esar v. JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A., 15-cv-382, 2018 WL 2075421 (E.D.N.Y. May 3, 2018), the court (inter alia) dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims. Plaintiff asserted that she was subjected to an “atmosphere of adverse action”, namely (i) lobby cleaning assignments, (ii) covering for one week at another branch, (iii) unpacking branch supplies,…

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In Lai v. Deiorio Foods, Inc., 15-CV-0195, 2018 WL 987258 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of national origin discrimination and national origin-based hostile work environment. As to plaintiff’s discrimination claim, the court explained: Plaintiff alleges that Kucevic harbored bias against her. Exs. at 11–12. However,…

Read More Court Dismisses National Origin Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims; No Basis to Infer Anti-Vietnamese Animus

From Polite v. Khan Funds Management America, Inc., 2018 WL 894394 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 5, 2018): Even assuming for purposes of this motion that KFMA is subject to Title VII, Plaintiff’s allegations still fail to state a claim for employment discrimination. Plaintiff has not alleged that his co-workers’ comments and behavior were either sufficiently pervasive or…

Read More Racially Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Humiliation, Teasing etc. Insufficient

In Picault v. World Business Lenders, 16-cv-3682, 2018 WL 748975 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 7, 2018) (J. Oetken), the Southern District of New York dismissed plaintiff’s (a Haitian-American man) national origin discrimination lawsuit. The court explained that a discrimination plaintiff “must satisfy his initial burden by showing (1) that he belonged to a protected class; (2) that…

Read More Citing “Stray Remarks” Doctrine, Court Dismisses National Origin Discrimination Case Based on “Haitian Voodoo” Comment

In Singa v. Corizon Health, Inc., 2018 WL 324884 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 8, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment and discrimination (based on national origin) and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. Among other claims, plaintiff asserted, inter…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Rudeness Insufficient

In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Athar v. The Museum of Jewish Heritage et al (SDNY 17-cv-9491 Dec. 7, 2017), the plaintiff – a Pakistani-American Muslim – alleges that the defendants (including the Museum of Jewish Heritage) discriminated against him based upon his race, religion, and national origin, and retaliated against him, in violation of Title…

Read More Race/Religion/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Museum of Jewish Heritage