Pretext

In Moza v. NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., No. 17-1051-cv, 2019 WL 1594782 (2d Cir. April 15, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit vacated the lower court’s order granting summary judgment on plaintiff’s race/ethnicity/national origin discrimination claims. After the court summarized the 3-step McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting framework for analyzing discrimination claims (the so-called “pretext” approach),…

Read More Pretext Shown; Race Discrimination Case Resurrected From Summary Judgment

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 Assue v. UPS, INC., 2018 WL 3849843 (S.D.N.Y. 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims. From the decision: Plaintiff also attempts to raise an inference of discrimination by pointing to his purportedly unfair assignments and the denial of a work-issue laptop and encrypted USB flash drive.16 Any…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Subjective Belief Insufficient; Alleged Harasser Was an “Equal Opportunity Offender”

In McLeod v. General Vision Services, Inc. et al, 13-cv-6824, 2018 WL 3745662 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 6, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 USC 1981, but denied it with respect to plaintiff’s race discrimination claim…

Read More Race Discrimination (Termination) Claim Survives Under City, But Not Federal, Law

In Figueroa v. KK Sub II et al, 15-cv-6526, 2018 WL 573571 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2018), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s retaliatory termination claims under Title VII and the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum,[1]As always, this is a brief summary of the facts of…

Read More Retaliatory Termination Case Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included instruction to “Keep An Eye On” Plaintiff

From JILL S. MEYER, M.D., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. DAVID J. SHULKIN, SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, Defendant-Appellee,, 2018 WL 480478, at *2 (C.A.2 (N.Y.), 2018) (Summary Order): There is no basis to infer age discrimination from Meyer’s failure to obtain the staff psychiatrist position: she fails to identify any evidence that the reason the NJ VA did…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Properly Dismissed; Hiring of Younger Workers Alone Insufficient

In McGuire-Welch v. The House of the Good Shepherd, 16-4095, 2018 WL 443487 (2d Cir. Jan. 17, 2018) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. The court applied the principle that “anti-discrimination law does not…

Read More Stupid and Wicked? Maybe. Discrimination? Not Necessarily

In Watson v. Emblem Health Servs., 2018 NY Slip Op 00123 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 9, 2018), the court reversed a lower court’s decision granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff’s claims arose from defendant’s refusal to reinstate plaintiff and…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment Under the NYC Human Rights Law