June 2017

In Bantamoi v. St. Barnabas Hosp., 146 A.D.3d 420, 420–21, 44 N.Y.S.3d 398, 399 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 3, 2017), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. This case addresses one issue that arises in most, if not all, retaliation cases:…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Retaliation Claim Properly Dismissed; Too Much Time Between Protected Activity and Adverse Action
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In Franchino v. Terence Cardinal Cook Health Care Ctr., Inc., No. 16-2383-CV, 2017 WL 2392473 (2d Cir. June 2, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged an age discrimination, but not sex or national origin discrimination, claims. Discrimination Pleading Standards Initially, the court provides an overview/summary of the pleading standards that determine…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Sex and National Origin Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed
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In Love v. Premier Util. Servs., LLC, No. 15-CV-5698(ADS)(ARL), 2017 WL 2418268 (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2017), the court granted plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint to add a claim of a racially hostile work environment. Judge Spatt wrote: Accepting the allegations in the [proposed amended complaint] as true, Dunham is alleged to have witnessed one…

Read More Racially Hostile Work Environment Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included the Use of the “N-Word”
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From Gallagher v. AEG Mgmt. Brooklyn, LLC, No. 16-CV-4779, 2017 WL 2345658 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2017): Dasaro contends that Gallagher did not allege facts that the harassment he suffered was gender-based. ECF 28-1, Dasaro Memo of Law (“Dasaro MOL”), at pp. 4-8. The Court disagrees, and holds that the Complaint adequately pleads that Gallagher suffered…

Read More Male Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges Gender Discrimination Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Burgos v. Works, No. 13-CV-704S, 2017 WL 2403305, at *8–9 (W.D.N.Y. June 2, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race and sex-based hostile work environment, race and sex-based adverse-action discrimination, and retaliation claims.[1]However, it dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination…

Read More Race and Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment
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In Berrie v. Bd. of Educ. of Port Chester-Rye Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 14-CV-6416 (CS), 2017 WL 2374363 (S.D.N.Y. May 31, 2017) (J. Seibel), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed in Light of Plaintiff’s Failure to Utilize Harassment Reporting Procedures
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In O’Toole v. Cty. of Orange, No. 16 CIV. 2059 (NSR), 2017 WL 2377999 (S.D.N.Y. May 31, 2017), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Title VII gender discrimination and retaliation claims. As to her gender discrimination claim, the court explained: Fratto first alleges that she was subjected to disparate treatment on the basis of…

Read More Female Corrections Officer Plausibly Alleges Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Under Title VII
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In Rodriguez v. Dickard Widder Indus., No. 19323/13, 2017 WL 2259841 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dept. May 24, 2017) – arising from plaintiff’s allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation – the court held that “the plaintiff’s State law causes of action under the NYSHRL and the NYCHRL are barred by her election of an administrative remedy” since…

Read More Federal Discrimination Claims Not Barred By State and City Law Election of Remedies, Court Holds
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In Flieger v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, No. 16-2556-CV, 2017 WL 2377853 (2d Cir. June 1, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This decision touches on various issues that typically arise in these types of cases. Initially, the court held that plaintiff…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Teacher’s Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation, and Failure-to-Accommodate Claims Against Eastern Suffolk BOCES
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From Rodriguez v. Zee Brothers, Inc., 2017 WL 2290208 (NY Sup. Ct. Bx Cty. No. 21149/2015E April 20, 2017): In this case, Defendants argue that the sexual harassment cause of action must be dismissed because there is simply no evidence of such harassment. Defendants assert “Plaintiff’s claims do not make clear whether she is proceeding…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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