Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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…

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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…

Read More Court Dismisses Title VII Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Individual Defendants

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…

Read More Discrimination Laws Prohibit Discrimination Against Men Too, Court Notes

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…

Read More Title VII, ADEA Claims Insufficiently Pleaded Against MTA NYC Transit

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…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss; Allegations Included Pay Raise Granted to White Employees, Denied to Black Plaintiff

In Jones v. Bloomingdale’s, 17-CV-1974, 2018 WL 6067227 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination case based on defendant’s alleged post-employment discriminatory conduct. From the decision: Nor can Jones salvage his employment discrimination claim, under either § 1981 or Title VII, by relying on Bloomingdale’s allegedly discriminatory conduct after he…

Read More Post-Employment Conduct Did Not Amount to Unlawful Race Discrimination, Court Holds

In a decision handed down yesterday, Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [T]he Court finds that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed on the Pleadings; Court Cites Absence of Racially Derogatory Statements

In McPartlan-Hurson v. Westchester Community College, 13-CV-2467, 2018 WL 5801057 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2018), the court held that evidence pertaining to plaintiff’s (dismissed) discrimination claims was relevant, and admissible, on her retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law, as summarized by the court: To make out a claim of…

Read More Discrimination Evidence Ruled Admissible on the Issue of Retaliation

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