January 2019

In Vitti v. Macy’s Incorporated, 17‐3493‐cv, 2018 WL 6721091 (2d Cir. Dec. 21, 2018) (Summary Order), the 2nd Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims against Macy’s Inc. and Clinique. In this case, plaintiff – who worked in the Clinique department of Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City – asserts claims of wrongful…

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In Sedhom v SUNY Downstate Med. Ctr., 2018 NY Slip Op 33210(U), 155837/2017 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 13, 2018), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. The court noted: Here … Plaintiff has alleged that she was frequently the subject of general…

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In McElroy v. The Dept. of Educ. of the City of New York, No. 160689/2017, 2019 WL 132532 (Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 08, 2019), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion to dismiss, as insufficiently alleged, plaintiff’s claim that she was subjected to a “hostile work environment” because of her alleged disability (here, obesity).…

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In Chau v. Granger Management LLC et al, 357 F. Supp. 3d 276, 2019 WL 120766 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 7, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that a non-NYC resident met the “geographic” requirement of the the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The court explained the black-letter law: “In order for a nonresident to invoke the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Meets “Impact” Test of NYC Human Rights Law, Court Holds
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In Morrison v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 17-CV-2885, 2019 WL 109401 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 4, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant UPS’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From Judge Pauley’s opinion: Even drawing all inferences in Morrison’s favor, he does not establish a pattern of behavior meeting § 1981…

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In Wu v. Jensen-Lewis Co., Inc., 2018 WL 5723122 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 1, 2018), the court (inter alia) held that the plaintiff plausibly stated a claim for public accommodation discrimination. Plaintiff, who is legally blind, asserted that defendants’ website is not compliant with federal law (the Americans with Disabilities Act) because it was not fully and…

Read More Website-Accessibility Disability Discrimination Plausibly Alleged, Court Finds
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The recently-released “On the Basis of Sex” – which chronicles the early professional life of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg – is centered on Justice Ginsburg’s involvement with a litigation that set the stage for the legal battle for gender equality. That case – Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 469 F.2d 466…

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In Walsh v. A.R. Walker & Co., Inc., No. 155009/16, 2018 WL 6505409, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 33159(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Dec. 07, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual orientation-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In this case,…

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In Geffner v. Quanta Services, Inc., 2018 WL 6807388 (S.D.N.Y. 2018), the court, inter alia, found that plaintiff failed to state claim(s) of employment discrimination – based, e.g., on his religion – against his supervisor (Austin). The decision is instructive as to how and when individual liability for employment discrimination may be imposed under 42…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Not Stated Against Individual Supervisor, SDNY Holds
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