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In Karayiorgou v. The Trustees of Columbia University, No. 150788/18, 2021 WL 143472 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 14, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff’s “marital status” discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law survived summary judgment. From the decision: Defendants are not entitled to summary judgment dismissing…

Read More Marital Status Discrimination Claim Survives Against Columbia University
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In Ramos v. Metro N. Commuter R.R., 2021 NY Slip Op 00272 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 19, 2021), the court held that plaintiff – contrary to the lower court’s determination – presented enough evidence to create a triable issue of fact as to her employment discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims against the…

Read More Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, and Retaliation Claims Against MTA Survive Summary Judgement
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In Sakthivel v. Industrious Staffing Co., LLC, No. 650435/2020, 2021 WL 53146, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30025(U), 4–5 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 06, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of wrongful termination  under the New York Labor Law (specifically, NY Labor Law §§ 215, 740(2)). From the decision: Plaintiff alleges a workplace…

Read More Workplace Assault, Followed by Termination, Held Insufficient to Make Out NY Labor Law Whistleblower/Retaliation Claims
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In Herz v. City of New York et al, 2021 WL 134528 (S.D.N.Y.  Jan. 14, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff did not plausibly plead a claim of age- and tenure-based discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law. The court found the case of Gundlach, 11 Civ. 846, 2012 WL 1520919…

Read More Teacher’s Age Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Allegation of Tenure and Length of Employment Insufficient
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In Clarke v. New York City Department of Education, 18-cv-6783, 2021 WL 123358 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 13, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. After reviewing the black-letter law concerning this claim, the court explained: The plaintiff claims that the defendants “picked on [her] and other veteran teachers” while allowing “younger…

Read More “Monkey” Reference Did Not Rise to Level of a Hostile Work Environment; Claim Dismissed
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In Payne v. Cornell University, 2021 WL 39684 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The court explained: [E]ven if Plaintiff had properly supported her claims, the Court would find that the complained-of conduct is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of Plaintiff’s employment. Courts…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Denial of Time Off and a Negative Evaluation Insufficient
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In Knox v. John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., 17-CV-772, 2021 WL 95914 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021) – a gender discrimination class action lawsuit – the court, inter alia, upheld the jury’s finding that defendant engaged in gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Court Upholds Gender Discrimination Jury Verdict for John Varvatos Saleswomen; Malevolent Motive Not Required
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In Knox v. John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., 17-CV-772, 2021 WL 95914 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021) – a gender discrimination class action lawsuit – the court, inter alia, held that the defendant was not permitted to invoke the “Bona Fide Occupational Requirement” (BFOQ) defense codified in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In…

Read More “Bona Fide Occupational Requirement” Defense Properly Denied to John Varvatos in Sex Discrimination Case
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In Maiurano v. Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, 2021 WL 76410 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged gender discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (though it dismissed plaintiff’s claim under the more stringent Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim, Under the NYC Human Rights Law, Sufficiently Alleged Against Cantor Fitzgerald
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In a recent decision, captioned Calhoun v. Laidlaw & Company, 20-CV-6174 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 18, 2020) (provided via teleconference; here is the transcript), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. It was undisputed that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that he engaged in “protected activity”, namely,…

Read More Former Employee’s Retaliation Claim Sufficiently Alleged, Court Holds
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