Religious Discrimination

In Ada Damla Demir, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Sandoz Inc., et al., Defendants-Appellants., 2017 WL 5328744 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 14, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged violations of New York’s Whistleblower Law (Labor Law 740) and employment discrimination claim (under the New York State Human Rights Law). Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s Whistleblower…

Read More Whistleblower, Discrimination, and Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Dismissal

In Venezia v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., Sunglass Hut Trading, LLC, 2017 WL 4772437 (2d Cir. Oct. 23, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment dismissal[1]Venezia v. Luxoticca Retail North America Inc., 13-cv-4467, 2015 WL 5692146 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2015) of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. Plaintiff, a white male,…

Read More Discrimination, Retaliation, Hostile Work Environment Claims Properly Dismissed Against Sunglass Hut

In Bailey v. Sunrise Senior Living Management, Inc., 16-cv-7184, 2017 WL 4712220 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Amended Complaint – which purportedly alleged religion and national origin discrimination – because if did not address the deficiencies resulting in the dismissal of his original complaint. Like many cases, this one falters because plaintiff…

Read More Amended Complaint Dismissed; “You Are Not A Christian” Comment Insufficient to Plausibly Allege Religion or National Origin Discrimination

In Weinstein v. City of New York, New York City Department of Sanitation, 2017 WL 3891699 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 5, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination based on his race and religion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and race, religion, and disability under the New York City Human Rights…

Read More Sanitation Worker’s Race, Color, & Disability Discrimination Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court discussed and applied the “continuing violation” doctrine/exception under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I addressed other aspects of this case, including the court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s “perceived as Muslim” discrimination claim, here.) The court summarized…

Read More Court, Finding “Continuing Violation Doctrine” Inapplicable, Dismisses Title VII Discrimination Claims as Time Barred

In Brooks v. City of Utica, No. 16-cv-1427, 2017 WL 3242273 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2017), the court ruled on claims asserted by plaintiff – a firefighter-paramedic and practicing Nazirite – of discrimination based on religion, retaliation, failure to accommodate religious beliefs, and hostile work environment. Plaintiff’s religious observance as a Nazirite required him to keep…

Read More Practicing Nazirite Sufficiently Alleges Religion-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Brooks v. City of Utica, No. 16-cv-1427, 2017 WL 3242273 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2017), the court ruled on claims asserted by plaintiff – a firefighter-paramedic and practicing Nazirite – of discrimination based on religion, retaliation, failure to accommodate religious beliefs, and hostile work environment. Plaintiff’s religious observance as a Nazirite required him to keep…

Read More Practicing Nazirite’s Retaliation Claim, Arising From Mistreatment After Requesting Long hair Reasonable Accommodation, Survives Dismissal

In Chavis v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 15 CIV. 4288 (DC), 2017 WL 3037536 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that she was subjected to a hostile work environment based on her religion. Specifically, plaintiff – an Asset Protection Manager at the Suffern Walmart…

Read More Walmart Awarded Summary Judgment on Religion-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. Plaintiff – a woman of Asian descent – alleged that “defendant has wrongly sided with, and failed to take corrective action against, plaintiff’s co-workers and supervisors, who…

Read More Court Dismisses “Perceived as Muslim” Title VII Discrimination Claim, Among Others

From Bailey v. Sunrise Senior Living Mgmt., Inc., No. 16-CV-7184(JS)(GRB), 2017 WL 2371196 (E.D.N.Y. May 31, 2017): Here, although Plaintiff’s Complaint broadly alleges that he was subjected to a religion-based or national origin-based adverse employment action, there are no facts set forth in the Complaint from which the Court could reasonably infer a religious-based, or…

Read More “You Are Not a Christian” Comment Insufficient to Plausibly Allege Title VII Discrimination Based on Religion, National Origin