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In Freeman v. Rochester Psychiatric Center, 12-cv-06045 (WDNY Sept. 20, 2017), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disparate treatment race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was undisputed that plaintiff was a member of a protected class and that he was qualified for his […]

In Caruso v. Bon Secours Charity Health System, Inc., 16-3107-cv, 2017 WL 3638203 (2d Cir. Aug. 24, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment in defendant’s favor on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and retaliation claims. As to the discrimination claims, the court explained: Substantially for the reasons stated by the District Court, we conclude […]

In Vaughn v. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway et al, No. 14-CV-10297 (KMK), 2017 WL 3017503 (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that he was subjected to discrimination – by being terminated and suspended – because of his race, in violation of Title VII […]

In Barone v. Emmis Communications Corp., 2017 NY Slip Op 04787 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 13, 2017), the court reversed the lower court’s order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment on her gender discrimination claim. (I wrote about the lower court’s decision here.) The court wrote: As ostensibly nondiscriminatory reasons for terminating plaintiff, defendants pointed to […]

Schlosser v. Time Warner Cable Inc., No. 14CV9349, 2017 WL 2468975 (S.D.N.Y. June 7, 2017) (J. Pauley), a recent federal court decision, highlights the difference between federal anti-discrimination law (here, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) and the comparatively broader New York City Human Rights Law. The court dismissed plaintiff’s ADEA claim, holding that the […]

In Bantamoi v. St. Barnabas Hosp., 146 A.D.3d 420, 420–21, 44 N.Y.S.3d 398, 399 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 3, 2017), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. This case addresses one issue that arises in most, if not all, retaliation cases: […]

In Burgos v. Works, No. 13-CV-704S, 2017 WL 2403305, at *8–9 (W.D.N.Y. June 2, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race and sex-based hostile work environment, race and sex-based adverse-action discrimination, and retaliation claims.[1]However, it dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination […]

In Dotson v. City of Syracuse, No. 15-3631, 2017 WL 1437131, at *2 (2d Cir. Apr. 24, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit held that the district court improperly dismissing plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim. Among other things, this decision teaches that at the “pretext” step of the discrimination claim analysis, the evidence must be considered […]

In Campbell v. Nat’l Fuel Gas Distribution Corp., No. 1:13-CV-00438 EAW, 2017 WL 1957829 (W.D.N.Y. May 11, 2017), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII gender discrimination claim. While plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case, her case fell apart at the third step of the analysis. […]

In Macchio v. Michaels Elec. Supply Corp., 2017 NY Slip Op 02636 (App. Div. 2d Dept. April 5, 2017), the court held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence of pretext to survive summary judgment on his discrimination, retaliation, and FMLA claims, but that his hostile work environment claim was properly dismissed. In this case, plaintiff alleged, […]