2011

Scott v. WPIX, Inc., 10 Civ. 4622 (SDNY Dec. 21, 2011) (WHP):  The Southern District denied defendant’s motions for summary judgment seeking dismissal of plaintiff Karen Scott’s age discrimination claim under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and the New York City Human Rights Law…

Read More Federal court denies summary judgment and allows plaintiff’s federal, state, and city age discrimination claims to continue
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In a 42-page opinion issued last week (copy below), Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon held that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (“OSHA”) crane regulations did not preempt the New York City Building Code’s crane regulations (codified at Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code).  According to the Court, OSHA “is a…

Read More Federal Court rules that New York City statutes and regulations governing construction cranes are not preempted by OSHA regulations
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In Bennett v. Health Mgt. Sys., Inc., 2011 NY Slip Op. 09206 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 20, 2011), the Appellate Division, First Department for the first time provided “an examination of whether, and to what extent, the three-step burden-shifting approach set forth in McDonnell Douglas v Green (411 US 792 [1973]), must be…

Read More Court Clarifies Summary Judgment Analysis For Discrimination Claims Under the New York City Human Rights Law
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In Malinowski v. Wall Street Source, Inc., 09 Civ. 9592 (PAE) (SDNY Dec. 2, 2011), NYLJ 1202534751470, the Southern District of New York held that evidence of plaintiff’s post-termination wages was inadmissible in light of the severance clause in plaintiff’s contract (which provided that plaintiff could only be fired for cause). Plaintiff sought unpaid wages,…

Read More Severance Clause Nullifies Mitigation Duty
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Salazar v. Novalex Contracting Corp., et al., 2011 NY Slip Op 08446 (Nov. 21, 2011) illustrates the “common sense approach” that must be employed when analyzing Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6) claims. P and his fellow workmen were directed to pour and spread concrete over the floor of a basement which contained trenches into which…

Read More NY Court of Appeals Holds No Labor Law 240(1) or 241(6) Liability Where Protective Measure Would Have Been Inconsistent With Work
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In Zutrau v. Ice Systems, Inc., the Supreme Court, Suffolk County dismissed plaintiff’s “quid pro quo” sexual harassment claim. Plaintiff – the entity defendant’s executive vice president – asserted numerous claims, both individually and derivatively, against the entity defendant and Jansing, its president and majority shareholder. The court explained the law as follows: To make out…

Read More Court Rejects “Quid Pro Quo” Sexual Harassment Claim Where Plaintiff was Fired After Rebuffing Ex-Lover’s Attempt to Rekindle Relationship
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In Wilinski v. 334 East 92nd Housing Development Fund Corp., 2011 NY Slip Op 07477 (Oct. 25, 2011), the New York Court of Appeals vitiated the so-called “same level” rule that had embedded itself in New York Labor Law § 240(1) jurisprudence, and construed a Labor Law § 241(6)-triggering regulation. P, who was engaged in the demolition of…

Read More Court of Appeals Repudiates Labor Law § 240(1) “Same Level” Precedent and Construes a Labor Law § 241(6)-Triggering Regulation
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On November 14, 2011, two railroad enthusiasts/photographers – Ernest Steve Barry and Michael Burkhart – filed a lawsuit (Barry v. City of New York, 11-cv-5533 (EDNY filed 11/14/11)) in Brooklyn federal court alleging that in August 2010 they were detained and issued summonses for violating MTA Rules regarding the production of identification upon demand (21 NYCRR 1050.6(d)(3))…

Read More Subway photographers file federal suit following summonses for taking subway pictures and failing to produce identification
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NY Supreme Court Judge Michael Stallman today issued an order denying a petition for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from, inter alia, evicting the OWS protesters from Zuccotti Park and enforcing the park’s owners’ rules. The court found that the rules – which prohibited, inter alia, “camping and/or the erection of tents or other structures” and…

Read More Judge denies Occupy Wall Street application for TRO to prevent NYC from evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park
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On November 8, 2011, the United States sued law firm Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia & Tetenbaum LLP and partner John Ingrassia under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Plaintiff alleged that on at least three occasions, the law firm prevented its ADA-disabled client, Lauren Klejmont, from entering the law firm’s premises with her service animal,…

Read More U.S. sues law firm for prohibiting disabled client from entering premises with service dog
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