Pleading

In Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based employment discrimination claim.[1]The court also, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss; Allegations Included Pay Raise Granted to White Employees, Denied to Black Plaintiff

In Jones v. Bloomingdale’s, 17-CV-1974, 2018 WL 6067227 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination case based on defendant’s alleged post-employment discriminatory conduct. From the decision: Nor can Jones salvage his employment discrimination claim, under either § 1981 or Title VII, by relying on Bloomingdale’s allegedly discriminatory conduct after he…

Read More Post-Employment Conduct Did Not Amount to Unlawful Race Discrimination, Court Holds

In Hernandez v. New York City Department of Sanitation, 18-CV-1808, 2018 WL 5447540 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims – reasoning that the complaint did “not allege facts sufficient to give rise to an inference of discriminatory intent on the part of Defendants.” Here is its summary of…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYC Dept. of Sanitation

In Moultry v. Rockland Psychiatric Center, 17v-4063, 2018 WL 5621485 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff failed to plausibly allege race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the relevant substantive law and pleading standards, the court held: Plaintiff fails to state a facially plausible…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed Against Rockland Psychiatric Center

In Stern v. State University of New York et al, 2018 WL 4863588 (EDNY Sept. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the well-established law in this area: To establish a hostile work environment under Title VII …, a plaintiff must show that ‘the workplace is permeated…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Not Sufficiently Alleged Against SUNY

A recent case, decided by the Eastern District of New York on October 17, 2018, illustrates what does – and, as relevant here, does not – qualify as a “hostile work environment.” The decision is Thompson v. MTA New York City Transit et al, 17-cv-5857, 2018 WL 5045762 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2018). The court outlines…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; While “Tasteless and Offensive”, Messages Were Not Related to a Protected Class

In a recent case, Aguilar v. Struhl-Nasjletti, 2018 NY Slip Op 32410(U) (NY Sup. Ct. Bx. Cty Index 0023250/2016 May 18, 2018), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff guidance counselor sufficiently alleged a retaliation claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff alleged that after filing a lawsuit in 2012 accusing…

Read More Retaliation Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Principal Under the NYC Human Rights Law

In Alexander v. Possible Productions, Inc., 17-cv-5532, 2018 WL 4804638 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 2018), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of retaliation and sex-based discrimination/sexual harassment. In sum, plaintiff – who was employed by Showtime as a body double for the character Alison on the TV show “The Affair” – alleges that…

Read More Body Double’s Sexual Harassment Claims Survive Dismissal, Not Subject to Arbitration

In Maines et al v. Last Chance Funding, Inc. d/b/a The LCF Group et al, 2018 WL 4558408 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that one plaintiff (Alexandre) sufficiently stated a claim for hostile work environment based on gender in a proposed amended complaint.[1]The court also held that this particular plaintiff also sufficiently alleged…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Claims Include Inappropriate Touching and Viewing Pornography

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”