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Race/Color Discrimination

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 […]

In Matthews v. Hewlett-Packard Company, 15-cv-3922, 2017 WL 6804075 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 22, 2017), a race discrimination/hostile work environment/retaliation case, the court explained and applied the principles applicable to the admissibility of expert testimony – under FRE 702/Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993) – as to emotional distress damages. In sum, the court […]

In Pertillar v. AAA Western and Central New York, 16-238, 2018 WL 583115 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims, but held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation. The court summarized the requirements for pleading retaliation: A plaintiff claiming retaliation under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act […]

In Canty v. The Dept. of Educ. of the City of New York (Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. 500257/2015 Feb. 1, 2018), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – a 61 year-old, African teacher – stated a cause of action for retaliation and discrimination under the NYC Human Rights Law. In sum, the court held that […]

In Olivier v. County of Rockland et al, 15-CV-8337, 2018 WL 401187 (SDNY Jan. 11, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, on the ground that it was based on time-barred conduct. The court began by observing: “Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint appears to rehash— at times in a verbatim fashion—the same time-barred disparate […]

In Hunt v. Con Edison Co. N.Y.C., 16-CV-0677, 2017 WL 6759409 (E.D.N.Y., 2017), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s failure-to-promote race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1]The court also, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claims. The court summarized the basic legal framework: To establish a […]

In Phillips v. City of New York, 2017 WL 6619152 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 27, 2017), the court held (inter alia) that the plaintiff – an African American woman who formerly held the position of head of the NYC Fire Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office – supplied enough information to the court to survive summary judgment on her […]

In Young v. Town of Islip et al, 2017 WL 5468752 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 13, 2017), the court explained the difference between an “adverse employment action” in the discrimination context, vs. an “adverse employment action” in the retaliation context. The court held that the jury instructions on plaintiff’s retaliation claims – but not her race discrimination […]

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 […]

In Petit v. Department of Educ. of the City of N.Y., 2017 NY Slip Op 32541(U), 155523/2016 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 1, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims for discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Here I will discuss the court’s evaluation of plaintiff’s discrimination […]