App. Div. 4th Dept.

In Carrington v. New York State Off. for People With Dev. Disabilities, 2019 NY Slip Op 01887 (App. Div. 4th Dept. March 15, 2019), an employment discrimination case, the court affirmed the lower court’s order granting defendant’s pre-answer motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint – alleging discrimination based on prior criminal conviction in violation of the…

Read More Criminal Conviction Discrimination Case Properly Dismissed as Untimely, Court Holds

The fact pattern of in the recent case of Deng v. Young, 2018 NY Slip Op 05414 (App. Div. 4th Dept. July 25, 2018) is any parent’s nightmare: Plaintiff’s son (hereafter, child) was a student at Webster Elementary School, improperly sued as Webster Elementary School District, which is located in the Syracuse City School District (collectively,…

Read More Personal Injury Case Against School Survives Summary Judgment

From Matter of Stellar Dental Mgt. LLC v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2018 NY Slip Op 04483 (App. Div. 4th Dept. June 15, 2018): We conclude that there is substantial evidence to support the determination that petitioner discriminated against each complainant by subjecting her to a sexually hostile work environment (see Matter of Father…

Read More Court Upholds State Division Findling of Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

From Thygesen v. N. Bailey Volunteer Fire Co., No. 16-00775, 2017 WL 2491451, at *2 (N.Y. App. Div. June 9, 2017): [P]laintiff is not required to prove his claim to defeat summary judgment” (Ferrante, 90 N.Y.2d at 630). Rather, “[t]o defeat a properly supported motion for summary judgment in [a sexual orientation] discrimination case, plaintiff[ ]…

Read More Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment

In Matter of AMG Managing Partners v. NYS Div. of Human Rights, No. TP 16-01391, 2017 WL 1187641 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. Mar. 31, 2017), the court upheld a New York State Division of Human Rights determination that the complainant was subjected to hostile work environment sexual harassment, but reduced the emotional distress damages award to…

Read More Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Finding Upheld; Damages Reduced to $25,000

In In the Matter of Shannon Scheuneman v. NYS Div. of Human Rights and Town of Tonawanda, No. TP 16-00820, 2017 WL 539266 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. Feb. 10, 2017), the Appellate Division unanimously confirmed, under N.Y. Executive Law § 298, a determination by the New York State Division of Human Rights that the…

Read More Allegation of “Anti-Female Bias” Insufficient to Overturn State Division of Human Rights Dismissal of Gender Discrimination Claim

In Figueroa v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, No. 15-01941, 2016 WL 5509917 (N.Y. App. Div. Sept. 30, 2016), the court determined that the NYS Division of Human Rights correctly dismissed complaints alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. From the decision: [W]e agree with the District that substantial evidence supports the determination of the…

Read More Administrative Dismissal of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims Upheld

In Mykytyn v. Hannaford Bros. Co., No. 15-01427, 2016 WL 3638182 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. July 8, 2016), the court reinstated several of plaintiff’s claims, including his co-worker-based sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim. The facts, as summarized by the court: Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages for, inter alia, employment discrimination pursuant to the…

Read More Court Explains and Applies the Standard For Co-Worker Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Claims Under the NYS Human Rights Law

In Russo v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, No. 15-01243, 2016 WL 1066422 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. Mar. 18, 2016), the court affirmed the State Division of Human Rights’ dismissal of the petitioner’s employment discrimination and retaliation claims. The New York State Division of Human Rights is a statewide administrative agency that…

Read More Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Properly Dismissed by the New York State Division of Human Rights