Race/Color Discrimination

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 a decision handed down yesterday, Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [T]he Court finds that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed on the Pleadings; Court Cites Absence of Racially Derogatory Statements

In Wilson v. National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. et al, 2018 WL 5886438 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race- and gender-based hostile work environment claims. Here is the court’s summary of the relevant law: To state a hostile work environment claim in violation of Title VII, a plaintiff must plead facts that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Racial Comments Were Not Heard Firsthand

From White v. Town of Huntington, 14-CV-7370, 2018 WL 5624148 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2018): [P]laintiff claims that, in certain instances, his qualifications exceeded those of non-minority applicants who successfully obtained the subject positions. As the Second Circuit has held: *5 When a plaintiff seeks to prevent summary judgment on the strength of a discrepancy in…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim “Narrowly” Survives Summary Judgment

From Moore v. City of New York, 18-947-cv, 2018 WL 5779912 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2018) (Summary Order): In dismissing Moore’s claims, the District Court primarily held that Moore failed adequately to state a case of employment discrimination under Title VII and § 1981 because the allegations in the complaint itself showed that she could…

Read More Discrimination Claims Dismissed; Failure to Meet NYC Residency Requirement Rendered Plaintiff Unqualified For Position

In Felder v. United States Tennis Association Inc., 17-cv-5045, 2018 WL 5621484 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, explained and applied the :”joint employer” doctrine under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff (a 50 year old black man) was employed by a security company (AJ Security) that…

Read More Court Explains “Joint Employer” Doctrine; Finds it Inapplicable to Claim by US Tennis Association Subcontractor Employee

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 Parsons v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 16-CV-0408, 2018 WL 4861379 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims. Plaintiff alleged, for example, that she witnessed one person make disparaging comments about African-American employees’ hair and dress, and “listened to her direct…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Conduct Was Merely “Mildly Offensive”

In a recent lawsuit, captioned Maurice v. Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman and Joel Plasco, 18-cv-08841 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2018), plaintiff, a nanny, accuses her new employers of race discrimination. The basis of her suit is a text message she received from defendant Lynsey – stating “NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON” – that was apparently meant for her husband.…

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