June 2016

In Godino v. Premier Salons, Ltd., No. 13705/13, 2016 NY Slip Op 05118, 2016 WL 3533532 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dept. June 29, 2016), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging age discrimination and hostile work environment. On a motion to dismiss a complaint for failure to state a cause…

Read More Plaintiff Hairstylist Sufficiently Alleges Age Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment; Survives CPLR 3211(a)(7) Motion to Dismiss
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In Gomez v. Cablevision Sys., 2016 NY Slip Op 31177(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 20, 2016), the court held that plaintiff presented enough evidence to survive summary judgment on his race-based hostile work environment under the NYC Human Rights Law (but not under the NYS Human Rights Law). This case is another example of the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Under the New York City (But Not New York State) Human Rights Law
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In a New York State court lawsuit, captioned Lisser v. Bloomberg L.P. et al (Index No. 155354/2016), plaintiff Elizabeth Lisser alleges (among other things) that her manager – defendant Brian Schuler – “continually directed sexual innuendo and comments towards plaintiff about her figure, weight and appearance, massaged her shoulders, look[ed] down her blouse, [and] direct[ed] texts…

Read More Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Bloomberg LP
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In Deluca v. Sirius Xm Radio, Inc., No. 12-CV-8239, 2016 WL 3034332 (S.D.N.Y. May 27, 2016), an employment discrimination case, plaintiff alleged that “she was paid less than her male peers, that she was removed from her supervisory authority, and that she was subjected to anti-gay slurs in the workplace.” To flesh out her claims,…

Read More Court Orders Pre-Statute of Limitations “Comparator” Discovery in Gender Pay and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sirius XM Radio
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In Mero v. Vuksanovic, 2016 NY Slip Op 05025 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 23, 2016), the court modified a lower court order to reinstate plaintiff’s allegations concerning defendants’ failure to install smoke detectors. This case concerns the application of NYC Administrative Code § 27-2045, which pertains to the duties of the owner and occupant with respect to…

Read More Wrongful Death Action, Based on Failure to Install Smoke Detectors, Continues
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In Hinz v. Vill. of Perry, No. 15-2239-CV, 2016 WL 3435265 (2d Cir. June 20, 2016) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing his claim thta he was subjected to discrimination based on his alleged disability (Chron’s disease) in violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.…

Read More 2nd Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Disability Discrimination Claim; Employer Lacked Knowledge of Alleged Disability (Chron’s Disease)
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In Sada v August Wilson Theater, 2016 NY Slip Op 05024 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 23, 2016) – a personal injury/premises liability/slip-and-fall case – the court unanimously affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment. From the Order: Plaintiff alleges that as he was returning to a show at defendant August Wilson Theater after having…

Read More Slip/Fall on Wet Staircase; Plaintiff Survives Summary Judgment
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In Beaton v. Metro. Transp. Auth. New York City Transit, No. 15 CIV. 8056 (ER), 2016 WL 3387301 (S.D.N.Y. June 15, 2016), the court held that plaintiff – who suffered from schizophrenia – successfully pleaded discrimination (termination) and retaliation claims, but failed to sufficiently allege a failure-to-accommodate claim. Plaintiff’s allegations, in sum: Plaintiff alleges that…

Read More Schizophrenic Plaintiff Fired for Sleeping on the Job Plausibly Alleges Disability Discrimination and Retaliation, But Not Failure-to-Accommodate, Claims
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In Barone v. Emmis Communications Corp., 2016 Slip Op 31049(U), Index 155032/12 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 7, 2016), the court, per Judge Hagler, granted summary judgment to defendants and dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. The decision summarizes the legal framework (the two methods, pretext and mixed-motive) for analyzing NYC…

Read More Spousal Jealousy, Not Gender, Was Basis for Termination; Court Dismisses NYC Human Rights Law Discrimination Complaint
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In Franchino v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, No. 15 CV 6299 (VB), 2016 WL 3360525, at (S.D.N.Y. June 15, 2016), the court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint for discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, national origin, and age under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim. In dismissing his Title VII…

Read More SDNY Dismisses Employment Discrimination Complaint Asserting Unequal Discipline and Age-Related Jokes and Comments
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