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In Edstrom v. St. Nicks Alliance Corp., 2021 NY Slip Op 03112 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 13, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (42 USC §§ 3604 and 3617) and New York State Human Rights Law, but held that there were sufficient facts…

Read More Housing Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Habitability Claim Survives
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In response to the sexual harassment allegations levied against him – including that he engaged in “creepy behavior” toward female reporters – Governor Andrew Cuomo is reported to have (dismissively) stated that “[h]arassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable” and that he “never said anything [he] believed was inappropriate.” In 2019, the New York State…

Read More Governor Cuomo’s Response to Sexual Harassment Allegations at Odds With Law He Signed
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In Butrym v. Sarsick et al, 20-CV-292, 2021 WL 1927073 (N.D.N.Y. May 13, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Initially, the court discussed the viability of such claims under that statue: Because the ADA echoes and expressly refers to Title VII, and because…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Asserted Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dismissed
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In Butrym v. Sarsick et al, 20-CV-292, 2021 WL 1927073 (N.D.N.Y. May 13,  2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff plausibly alleged claims that defendants failed to accommodate her disability, and terminated her because of her disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized plaintiff’s claims, in part, as follows:…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claims Survive Dismissal; Court Notes Denial of Plaintiff Request for Separation From Alleged Harasser
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In Green v. NYU Langone Medical Center, 2021 WL 1910549 (SDNY May 12, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiff’s federal claims of race discrimination and retaliation (asserted under Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. 1981), and declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over plaintiff’s state and local law claims. The court…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYU Langone Medical Center as Time-Barred
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In Quinones v. City of Binghamton et al, Docket No. 20-3078, 2021 WL 1898117 (2d Cir. May 12, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint, which was based on its holding that he failed to articulate any discrimination claim. It held that…

Read More Race (Hispanic) Discrimination Section 1981 Claim Alleged by Complaint; Dismissal Vacated
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In Mitchell v. New York City, No. 161543/2018, 2021 WL 1825353 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 30, 2021), the court denied plaintiff’s motion to reargue the court’s prior decision granting summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s discrimination and hostile work environment claims, as well as to amend the complaint. As to the former,…

Read More Motion for Reconsideration Denied in Employment Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Case
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In Long v. Corning Incorporated, 20-1370-cv (2d Cir. May 10, 2021) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on the ground that such claims were covered by a release. From the Order: On appeal Long principally argues that…

Read More Title VII Employment Discrimination Claims Were Barred by Release, Court Holds
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In Leach v. University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., 2021 WL 1723129 (W.D.N.Y. April 30, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age and gender discrimination claims. From the decision: Taking Leach’s allegations as true, she has adequately pleaded the adverse action element of a claim. She states that she was offered a choice…

Read More Age and Gender Discrimination Claims, Arising From Allegation of Forced Retirement, Survive Dismissal
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In Albertin v. Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, 2021 WL 1742280 (N.D.N.Y. May 4, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this post, I…

Read More Overtime, FMLA Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Upstate Hospital
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