Similarly Situated

From Moore v. City of New York, 18-947-cv, 2018 WL 5779912 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2018) (Summary Order): In dismissing Moore’s claims, the District Court primarily held that Moore failed adequately to state a case of employment discrimination under Title VII and § 1981 because the allegations in the complaint itself showed that she could…

Read More Discrimination Claims Dismissed; Failure to Meet NYC Residency Requirement Rendered Plaintiff Unqualified For Position

In Russell v. Aid to Developmentally Disabled, Inc., 17-3417 (2d Cir. Oct. 18, 2018) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under that statute, “a plaintiff must first make out a prima facie case of discrimination by showing that…

Read More Citing Lack of Comparator Evidence, 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Gender Discrimination Case

In Johnson v. Schmid et al, 17-3196 (2d Cir. Sept. 7, 2018) (Summary Order), an employment (race) discrimination case asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s award of summary judgment to defendants. Plaintiff, a black social worker trainee, proffered three grounds for why his…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Comparators Were Not “Similarly Situated;” Racial Slur Introduced Too Late

From Johnson v. Schmid et al, 2018 WL 4261672 (2d Cir. Sept. 7, 2018) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim. From the Order: First, a plaintiff may establish an inference of discrimination by establishing “that a similarly situated employee not in the relevant protected group received better…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Properly Dismissed; Court Cites Insufficient Comparator Evidence

In Keaton v. Unique People Services, Inc., 15-cv-5354, 2018 WL 3708658 (S.D.N.Y., 2018), the court granted defendants’ (unopposed) motion for summary judgment motion and dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, finding that the persons to whom plaintiff sought to compare herself were not “similarly situated” to…

Read More Title VII Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Comparators Were Not “Similarly Situated” to Plaintiff

A recent decision, Jackson v. Time Warner Cable Administration LLC, 2018 WL 2371024 (S.D.N.Y. 16-cv-8639 May 18, 2018), illustrates that the proper focus in an employment discrimination case is not whether an employer’s non-discriminatory explanation for the allegedly wrongful action is reliable or true, but rather what motivated the employer. In this case, defendant terminated…

Read More Employment Discrimination Case Against Time Warner Dismissed; Racial Motive Not Shown

In Dunn v. URS Corp., 2017 WL 5952704 (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s order granting summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory termination, denials of salary increases, and failure to rehire on the basis of race, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race Discrimination Claims; Inference of Discrimination Not Shown

In Estevez v. S & P Sales and Trucking LLC et al, 17-cv-1733, 2017 WL 5635933 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 22, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a race discrimination claim under 42 U.S.C. 1981. In sum, plaintiff – a male of Hispanic race and Dominican national origin – was terminated by defendants, allegedly on…

Read More Race & National Origin Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Pled; Complaint Sufficiently Alleged That Defendants Treated a Similarly Situated Employee in Different Racial Group More Favorably Than Plaintiff

In Kpaka v. City University of New York, 2017 WL 3866642 (2d Cir. 16-3527 Sept. 5, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court explained the standards applicable to evaluating the sufficiency of a discrimination claim: To…

Read More Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race Discrimination Claims as Time-Barred and Based on Different Treatment of a Non-Similarly-Situated White Employee

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.…

Read More Title VII Gender Discrimination Case Dismissed; Actions By “Tough Supervisor” Who “Did Not Like” Plaintiff Not Shown to Have Exhibited Unlawful Bias