November 2018

Facebook will be ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims; Google will be doing the same. This, from the victims’ perspective, is a good thing, as it permits them access to a wider range of options and remedies should they elect to proceed with their claims. What is Arbitration?[1]The full scope of the law of arbitration…

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In Vitti v Macy’s Inc., No. 152875/2018, 2018 WL 5787308, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 32809(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 05, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for disability discrimination and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case was not decided based on the merits,…

Read More Disability Discrimination & Retaliation Claims Dismissed on “Procedural” Grounds
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In McPartlan-Hurson v. Westchester Community College, 13-CV-2467, 2018 WL 5801057 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2018), the court held that evidence pertaining to plaintiff’s (dismissed) discrimination claims was relevant, and admissible, on her retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law, as summarized by the court: To make out a claim of…

Read More Discrimination Evidence Ruled Admissible on the Issue of Retaliation
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In Mount Lemmon Fire Dist. v. Guido, 2018 WL 5794639 (U.S. Nov. 6, 2018), the Supreme Court (in an opinion delivered by Justice Ginsburg), broadly interpreted the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The facts, briefly: John Guido and Dennis Rankin were the two oldest employees of the Mount Lemmon Fire District, a political subdivision in…

Read More SCOTUS: ADEA’s Employee-Numerosity Requirement Does Not Apply to States and Their Political Subdivisions
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In Schmitt v. City of New York et al, 15-CV-05992, 2018 WL 5777019 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 1, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability-related hostile work environment claims. This decision teaches, among other things, that the facts underlying such claims must be evaluated as a whole, rather than piecemeal.…

Read More Disability-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment
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From Moore v. City of New York, 18-947-cv, 2018 WL 5779912 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2018) (Summary Order): In dismissing Moore’s claims, the District Court primarily held that Moore failed adequately to state a case of employment discrimination under Title VII and § 1981 because the allegations in the complaint itself showed that she could…

Read More Discrimination Claims Dismissed; Failure to Meet NYC Residency Requirement Rendered Plaintiff Unqualified For Position
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In Sager v. Waldo Gardens, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07359 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 1, 2018) – a personal injury slip-and-fall case – the court affirmed the lower court’s denial of summary judgment to the defendant. The outcome, like so many cases of this type, turned on the often difficult-to-prove issue of constructive notice. From…

Read More Slip/Fall Case Survives Summary Judgment; Court Cites Porter’s Failure to Mop the Area Despite Noticing it Was Wet
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In Felder v. United States Tennis Association Inc., 17-cv-5045, 2018 WL 5621484 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, explained and applied the :”joint employer” doctrine under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff (a 50 year old black man) was employed by a security company (AJ Security) that…

Read More Court Explains “Joint Employer” Doctrine; Finds it Inapplicable to Claim by US Tennis Association Subcontractor Employee
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In Hernandez v. New York City Department of Sanitation, 18-CV-1808, 2018 WL 5447540 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims – reasoning that the complaint did “not allege facts sufficient to give rise to an inference of discriminatory intent on the part of Defendants.” Here is its summary of…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYC Dept. of Sanitation
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In Moultry v. Rockland Psychiatric Center, 17v-4063, 2018 WL 5621485 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff failed to plausibly allege race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the relevant substantive law and pleading standards, the court held: Plaintiff fails to state a facially plausible…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed Against Rockland Psychiatric Center
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