NYC Human Rights Law

In Cubelo v. City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 00689 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 31, 2019), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims. Plaintiff – who was born in Spain – alleged that he was “passed over for several promotions in his employment as a civil engineer with…

Read More Court Affirms Dismissal of Engineer’s Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

In Sims v Trustees of Columbia University, No. 156566/13, 8262, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 00672, 2019 WL 385366 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Jan. 31, 2019), the Appellate Division, First Department held that the lower court properly dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation, but not plaintiff’s hostile work environment, claims. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims, the court…

Read More “Bubbles” Chimp Hostile Work Environment Claim Resurrected From Summary Judgment Dismissal

In Chau v. Ryan Donovan, Granger Management LLC et al, 2019 WL 120766 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 7, 2019), the court (inter alia) held that a non-NYC resident met the geographic requirement of the the NYC Human Rights Law. The court explained that “[i]n order for a nonresident to invoke the protections of the … NYCHRL, she must…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Meets “Impact” Test of NYC Human Rights Law, Court Holds

In Walsh v. A.R. Walker & Co., Inc., No. 155009/16, 2018 WL 6505409, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 33159(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Dec. 07, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual orientation-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In this case,…

Read More Sexual Orientation-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Under the NYC Human Rights Law Survives Summary Judgment

In Geffner v. Quanta Services, Inc., 2018 WL 6807388 (S.D.N.Y. 2018), the court, inter alia, found that plaintiff failed to state claim(s) of employment discrimination – based, e.g., on his religion – against his supervisor (Austin). The decision is instructive as to how and when individual liability for employment discrimination may be imposed under 42…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Not Stated Against Individual Supervisor, SDNY Holds

In Schmitt v Artforum Intl. Mag., Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 33345(U) (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 20, 2018), the court (inter alia) dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claim under teh NYC Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff alleges retaliation by both defendants a violation of the New York City Human Rights Law [Administrative Code of the City…

Read More Retaliation Claim Under NYC Human Rights Law Insufficiently Pled

In Duarte v. St. Barnabas Hospital, 15-CV-6824, 2018 WL 4440501 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2018) – a disability discrimination case – the court held, inter alia, that a jury award of $750,000 for punitive damages was too high, and that $125,000 was more appropriate. The court explained, inter alia, that “[u]nder the [New York City Human Rights…

Read More Court Explains Remittitur of $750,000 Punitive Damages Award in Disability Discrimination Case

In Duarte v. St. Barnabas Hospital, 15-CV-6824, 2018 WL 4440501 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2018) – a disability discrimination case – the court held, inter alia, that a jury award of $624,000 for compensatory/emotional distress damages was too high, and that $125,000 was more appropriate. To do this, the court employed the procedural mechanism of “remittitur.” After explaining…

Read More Court Explains Remittitur of $624,000 Emotional Distress Damages Award to $125,000 in Disability Discrimination Case

In Cook v. EmblemHealth Servs. Co., LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 08433 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 11, 2018), the First Department unanimously affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The temporal proximity between plaintiff’s complaints to his employer…

Read More Retaliation Claim Continues Against EmblemHealth; Summary Judgment Denial Affirmed