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In Davis v. Town of Hempstead, 2019 WL 235644, at *5 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 16, 2019), a sexual harassment case, the court (inter alia) concluded that the plaintiff was not an “employee” of the Town Clerk (defendant Bonilla) – whom she claimed sexually harassed her – and thus dismissed her claim under Title VII of the […]

From Bussa v. St. John’s University, 2019 WL 136641, at *3–4 (E.D.N.Y., 2019): Plaintiff has failed to allege sufficient facts to demonstrate that the defendant discriminated against him in violation of Title VII or the ADA. As a general matter, the complaint suggests that the plaintiff did not actually apply for a specific position, although he […]

In Rivas v. New York State Lottery, 2018 WL 6656390 (2d Cir. Dec. 18, 2018) (Summary Order), the court (inter alia) affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim. What makes this case arguably somewhat unique is that the alleged retaliation occurred after plaintiff left defendant’s employment. From the Order: The District Court did not err in […]

In Lonergan-Milligan v. New York State Office of Mental Health, 2018 WL 6605686 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 17, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII sexual harassment (hostile work environment) claim. The law: A prima facie case of a hostile work environment involves two showings: (1) that the complained-of conduct ‘was sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter […]

Generally, the anti-discrimination laws – such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – prohibit discrimination against employees and applicants based on certain protected characteristics (as in the case of Title VII, race, color, religion, sex, and national origin).    That said, there exists a (limited) exception, where such a characteristic is […]

One doesn’t have to go very far into the Interwebs to find stories, often accompanied by video(s), of people behaving badly. Recent examples include a lawyer’s racist tirade at a midtown deli, and a woman’s racist outburst on a NYC subway train. If – and, let’s face it, when – their employer(s)[1]As always, unless otherwise […]

In Chin v. Alejandro Torres et al, 2018 WL 6435898, at *2 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 7, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment complaint, citing the well-established principle that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not applicable against individual defendants. As summarized by the court, plaintiff “alleges that she was employed in […]

In Snyder v. Town of Potsdam, 2018 WL 6267922 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2018), the court – summarizing (one aspect of) the law of employment discrimination – underscores an important (albeit established) point: namely, not only “minorities” are protected by the anti-discrimination laws. The court wrote: Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] prohibits all […]

From ALADDIN ABDAL-RAHIM, Plaintiff, v. MTA NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT, Defendant., 2018 WL 6176217, at *4 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 27, 2018): [E]ven liberally construing Rahim’s complaint, he has not pleaded facts sufficient to state a claim for discrimination. Essentially, Rahim’s only allegation is that he passed a civil service test and that the NYCTA hired candidates with […]

In Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based employment discrimination claim.[1]The court also, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From […]