NYC Human Rights Law

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

In Daughtry v. Fedcap Rehabilitation Servs. Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 32857(U), Index No. 152108/2016 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Nov. 8, 2018) – a race/criminal conviction discrimination case – the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff was not entitled to a deposition of the defendant’s CEO. The court, therefore, granted defendant’s motion for a protective order under…

Read More Deposition of CEO Denied in Criminal Conviction Employment Discrimination Case

A recent case, Amaya v. Ballyshear LLC, 2018 WL 6065493 (EDNY Nov. 20, 2018), discusses the geographical reach of the New York City Human Rights Law. In this case, the Plaintiff – a former housekeeper who lives in Southampton, New York – claims that defendants engaged in unlawful discrimination and retaliation in violation of the NYCHRL.…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Claim Dismissed; “Impact” Not Felt in New York City

In Ferraro v. New York City Department of Education, 2018 WL 5881663 (2d Cir. Nov. 9, 2018) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Collaterally Estopped by Findings at 3020-a Hearing, Court Holds

In Vitti v Macy’s Inc., No. 152875/2018, 2018 WL 5787308, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 32809(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 05, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for disability discrimination and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case was not decided based on the merits,…

Read More Disability Discrimination & Retaliation Claims Dismissed on “Procedural” Grounds

In Schmitt v. City of New York et al, 15-CV-05992, 2018 WL 5777019 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 1, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability-related hostile work environment claims. This decision teaches, among other things, that the facts underlying such claims must be evaluated as a whole, rather than piecemeal.…

Read More Disability-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment

In Lues v. City of New York, 2018 NY Slip Op 32546(U), Index No. 161923/2013 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Oct. 5, 2018), the court held that plaintiff’s retaliation, but not gender and nationality-based discrimination, claims survived summary judgment. With respect to her discrimination claims, the court noted, inter alia, the absence of “evidence demonstrating that…

Read More Retaliation Claim Continues Against City of New York; Court Cites Changed Demeanor After Learning of Lawsuit

In Schwartz v. Integrated Dental Sys., LLC et al, 2018 NY Slip Op 32574(U), Index No. 157816/2017 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Oct. 12, 2018), plaintiff asserted claims of age discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliatory termination against various defendants, including two entities: Integrated Dental Systems and Megagen USA. In 2013, IDS bought the assets of Megagen…

Read More Sexual Harassment and Other Claims Discontinued Against Predecessor Entity

A recent case, decided by the Eastern District of New York on October 17, 2018, illustrates what does – and, as relevant here, does not – qualify as a “hostile work environment.” The decision is Thompson v. MTA New York City Transit et al, 17-cv-5857, 2018 WL 5045762 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2018). The court outlines…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; While “Tasteless and Offensive”, Messages Were Not Related to a Protected Class

In Rodriguez v. 308 Hull LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 32457(U), 451200/2018 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Sept. 27, 2018) (J. Tisch), the court held that plaintiff made out a prima facie case of housing discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law, and was entitled to injunctive relief. The court summarized the governing…

Read More Housing Discrimination Claim Stated, and Injunction Issued, Based on Limitation to “Working Section 8” Residents