December 2017

In MARLINE SALVAT, Plaintiff, v. CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES CORP., EMPIRE OUTLET BUILDERS, LLC, L.P. CIMINELLI, INC., and ANTHONY SANGO, Defendants., 2017 WL 6210849, at *1 (S.D.N.Y., 2017), a sexual harassment case, the court denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss, and held that plaintiff pleaded enough to sufficiently allege that that entity was her “joint employer”, and…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges Joint Employment and Failure to Respond to Plaintiff’s Complaints
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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Athar v. The Museum of Jewish Heritage et al (SDNY 17-cv-9491 Dec. 7, 2017), the plaintiff – a Pakistani-American Muslim – alleges that the defendants (including the Museum of Jewish Heritage) discriminated against him based upon his race, religion, and national origin, and retaliated against him, in violation of Title…

Read More Race/Religion/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Museum of Jewish Heritage
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In Lamarr-Arruz & Ansoralli v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., 15-cv-04261, 2017 WL 4280690 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2017), the court rejected the defendant’s reliance on the so-called “Faragher/Ellerth affirmative defense” to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981.[1]I wrote about the court’s evaluation of the first element of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under section 1981…

Read More Faragher/Ellerth Defense Inapplicable to Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment Claim Under 42 U.S.C. § 1981
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In Petit v. Department of Educ. of the City of N.Y., 2017 NY Slip Op 32541(U), 155523/2016 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 1, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims for discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Here I will discuss the court’s evaluation of plaintiff’s discrimination…

Read More Transfer to “Absent Teacher Reserve” Was Not an “Adverse Employment Action”; Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Dunn v. URS Corp., 2017 WL 5952704 (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s order granting summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory termination, denials of salary increases, and failure to rehire on the basis of race, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race Discrimination Claims; Inference of Discrimination Not Shown
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In Nguedi v. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 16-cv-0636, 2017 WL 5991757 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 1, 2017), the SDNY granted in part and denied in part defendant Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s motion to dismiss. As to plaintiff’s claim under the NYC Human Rights Law, the court explained: Plaintiff alleges that Crouch [plaintiff’s…

Read More Race, Color, National Origin Discrimination Claims Survive Against Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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In Volpe v. Paniccioli, 2017 NY Slip Op 51554(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Sup. Cty. Nov. 15, 2017), a case involving allegations of (inter alia) sexual harassment, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendant’s counterclaims for, e.g., defamation. By her motion, plaintiff “contends that the statements she has made are absolutely privileged as they were made…

Read More Court in Sexual Harassment Case Holds That Providing Information to Press Was Not “Absolutely Privileged”; Denies Motion to Dismiss Defamation Counterclaim
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In Antrobus v. New York City Department of Sanitation, 16-3490-cv, 2017 WL 5952699 (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: With regard to hostile work environment, Antrobus asserted that egregious…

Read More Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Properly Dismissed as Time-Barred and Other Reasons
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The New York State and City Human Rights Laws explicitly protect interns against discrimination, including sexual harassment. For example, the NYS Human Rights Law provides, inter alia: It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to … refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from internship an intern or…

Read More Interns Are Protected Against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
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