January 2019

In Westbrooke v. Bellevue Hospital Center et al, 2019 WL 233611 (SDNY Jan. 16, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint – alleging employment discrimination – with prejudice. In sum, plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against on the basis of her age, gender, disability, and race, and then subjected to retaliation for complaining about it. After…

Read More Court Rejects “Economic Duress” Argument re Settlement of Employment Discrimination Claims
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From Wanting Mei v Bilal Munir, N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Index No. 153578/2018 (Jan. 15, 2019): Plaintiffs motion, which contends that she was crossing in the pedestrian crosswalk, with the crossing light, when defendant’s vehicle struck her, has made out a prima facie case of negligence. Plaintiffs motion further establishes that she was not…

Read More Plaintiff Granted Summary Judgment in Pedestrian-Knockdown Case
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In Davis v. Town of Hempstead, 2019 WL 235644, at *5 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 16, 2019), a sexual harassment case, the court (inter alia) concluded that the plaintiff was not an “employee” of the Town Clerk (defendant Bonilla) – whom she claimed sexually harassed her – and thus dismissed her claim under Title VII of the…

Read More Title VII Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Town Clerk’s Assistant Was Not an “Employee”
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A recent decision, Grant v. Almonte, 2019 NY Slip Op 00057 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 3, 2019), provides some insight into the mechanics of an “open court” settlement under New York Civil Practice Law & Rules 2104. That statute provides: An agreement between parties or their attorneys relating to any matter in an action, other than…

Read More Marking Court File Did Not Qualify as a CPLR 2104 Stipulation
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In Farmer v. Dr. Lucia Patino, Optometrist, P.C., 2019 WL 110956 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 4, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claim under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). It summarized the statute: The GINA restricts the circumstances under which an employer may request or use genetic information, including information about an individual’s “genetic tests, the genetic tests…

Read More Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Claim Dismissed
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In Doe v. Colgate University, 2019 WL 190515 (2d Cir. Jan. 15, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s Title IX claim. The court summarized the law: Under Title IX …, “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of,…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title IX Claim Against Colgate University
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From Bussa v. St. John’s University, 2019 WL 136641, at *3–4 (E.D.N.Y., 2019): Plaintiff has failed to allege sufficient facts to demonstrate that the defendant discriminated against him in violation of Title VII or the ADA. As a general matter, the complaint suggests that the plaintiff did not actually apply for a specific position, although he…

Read More Aspiring Graduate Student’s Title VII, ADA Discrimination Claims Dismissed
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In Marino v. City of New York, 2018 NY Slip Op 09027 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 27, 2018), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint alleging employment discrimination. From the decision: Plaintiff’s timely allegations fail to state claims for employment discrimination (see Askin v Department of Educ. of the City of N.Y., 110 AD3d 621…

Read More City Not Responsible For Alleged Discrimination By Police Pension Fund, Court Holds
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In Diallo v. Whole Foods Market Group, Inc., 2019 WL 140728 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 9, 2019), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s recommendation to deny defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. From the decision: As to the merits, Whole Foods’ argument on the hostile work environment claim presents a…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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