Judge: Nelson S. Roman

In Barbini v. First Niagara Bank, N.A., 16-cv-7887, 2019 WL 1922041 (S.D.N.Y. April 29, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that defendant waived the attorney-client privilege in connection with asserting the Faragher/Ellerth defense to plaintiffs’ sexual harassment claims. Under that defendant may escape liability if it can show two things, namely, (1) the employer exercised reasonable care…

Read More Invocation of Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Case Waives Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Finds

From Schneider v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 2019 WL 294309 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2019): [T]he Court will examine whether Defendants’ stated reason for Plaintiff’s termination, his accumulation of four written coachings in a twelve-month period, is mere pretext for discrimination. Pretext may be demonstrated by additional evidence that the employer’s proffered reason is not credible or…

Read More Written “Coachings” Were Not Pretext For Discrimination; Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed on Summary Judgment

In McPartlan-Hurson v. Westchester Community College, 13-CV-2467, 2018 WL 5801057 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2018), the court held that evidence pertaining to plaintiff’s (dismissed) discrimination claims was relevant, and admissible, on her retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law, as summarized by the court: To make out a claim of…

Read More Discrimination Evidence Ruled Admissible on the Issue of Retaliation

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 Gilani v. Hewlett-Packard Company, 15-CV-5609, 2018 WL 4374002 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 12, 2018), the court addressed the issue of whether Hewlett-Packard was plaintiff’s “employer” for purposes of Title VII and the ADEA. Plaintiff was, pursuant to employment contract, “formally” employed by a company called Insight Global and worked at an HP location. Because of the…

Read More “Temporary” Employee May Pursue Discrimination Claims Against HP

From Casarella v. New York State Department of Transportation, 2018 WL 4372674 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2018): Plaintiff has sufficiently alleged he is part of a protected class and that he was qualified for his position to satisfy the motion to dismiss standard. (Compl. ¶¶ 25–29.) However, whether Plaintiff sufficiently alleged that he was subject to…

Read More Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges Title VII National Origin Discrimination Claim

In Garcia v. Yonkers Board of Education, 2018 WL 4007648 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 21, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation complaint. Plaintiff alleged that she was terminated in retaliation for her complaints of sexual harassment. Applying the McDonnell-Douglas burden-shifting framework, the court held that plaintiff could not establish a prima facie case, and even if she…

Read More Retaliation Claim Based on Sexual Harassment Complaints Dismissed; Court Cites Intervening Causes, Severing the Chain of Causation

In Cantey v. Mount Vernon City School District, 16-cv-2669, 2018 WL 3315574 (S.D.N.Y. July 5, 2018), the court dismissed claims asserted by plaintiff -an African American Jehovah’s witness – that she suffered discrimination on the basis of her race and religion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the center of this…

Read More Title VII Claims Barred By Settlement Agreement; Duress Claim Rejected

IN Brunson-Bedi v. State of New York (Hudson Valley DDSO), Local 412 of the CSEA, Inc. et al, 15-cv-9790, 2018 WL 2084171 (SDNY May 1, 2018), the court held that a Title VII sexual harassment plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies – in that she did not receive a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC before…

Read More Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Cured in Title VII Sexual Harassment Suit

In Valentine v. Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, P.C., 17-cv-2275, 2018 WL 1871175 (S.D.N.Y. April 16, 2018), the court denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff alleged, in sum, that defendant violated the ADA by firing her several days after she returned…

Read More Failure to Accommodate Disability Claim Survives Dismissal [Valentine v. Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, P.C.]