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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 […]

In Santiago v. Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2017 WL 4410807, at *4 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2017), the court held that a default judgment may be entered against an individual defendant on plaintiff’s claims of discrimination. As to plaintiff’s claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, the court explained: […]

In George Ful Ninying v. Fire Department, City of New York, 17-cv-688, 2017 WL 4570784 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 11, 2017), the court dismissed – as insufficiently pled – plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims for failure to state a claim. Initially, the court explained that plaintiff sued the wrong entity (the FDNY). Specifically, the FDNY may not be […]

From DAVID L. REID, MICHAEL PALMERI, and DAVID RICOTTA Plaintiffs, v. COUNTY OF ERIE, Defendant., 2017 WL 4676833, at *4 (W.D.N.Y., 2017): The County moves for summary judgment on Reid’s racial discrimination claim by arguing, inter alia, that he is unable to establish a prima facie case of discrimination, since he suffered no adverse employment […]

In Makinen v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 07208, 2017 WL 4621717 (N.Y. Ct. App. Oct. 17, 2017) (J. Fahey), the Court of Appeals of New York – the state’s highest court – addressed the following certified question: Do sections 8–102(16)(c) and 8–107(1)(a) of the New York City Administrative Code preclude a plaintiff […]

In Schindler v. Plaza Constr. LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 07182 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 12, 2017), the court affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s – a female licensed crane operator – gender discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision/order: Even if Plaza is not plaintiff’s employer […]

On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral argument in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, Case No. 15-3775. At issue is whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition of discrimination “because of … sex” extends to sexual orientation. One of the interesting aspects […]

In Shirazi v. New York Univ., 2017 NY Slip Op 32013(U) (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Index No. 161303/2014 Sept. 25, 2017) – in which plaintiff asserts claims of discrimination based on religion, race, national origin, disability, and retaliation – the court discussed and applied the “continuing violation” doctrine under the New York State and City […]

In Williams v. New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, 16-3207-cv, 2017 WL 4461020 (2d Cir. Oct. 6, 2017) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race-based failure-to-hire discrimination claim. Here are the facts, as (briefly) summarized by the court: Williams alleges that the Hospital stopped considering his employment application after a prospective […]

In Matter of Ferrara v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2017 NY Slip Op 06968 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Oct. 4, 2017), the court affirmed the denial of petitioner’s Article 78 petition to review a determination by the New York State Division of Human Rights that petitioner’s discrimination claims were barred by the NYS […]