2019

A recent case, Lopez v. Uno Express Cleaners Inc., 18-cv-10737, 2019 WL 6873796 (SDNY Dec. 17, 2019), illustrates how courts evaluate settlement agreements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as mandated by the Second Circuit’s decision in Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., 796 F.3d 199 (2d Cir. 2015). In this case, plaintiff, who was…

Read More FLSA Settlement Rejected in Light of Overbroad Release
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In Garcia v. NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, 19 Civ. 997, 2019 WL 6878729 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: [Plaintiff’s complaint] describes an incident where Garcia was publicly questioned about his disability…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Acts, While “Inappropriate”, Were Too Isolated to Be Actionable
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In Matter of Oz Trucking and Rigging Corp., No. 2018-09771, 2486/17, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 09009, 2019 WL 6884935 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Dec. 18, 2019), the court confirmed a determination that the complainant suffered sexual harassment/hostile work environment, as well as the award of $7,500 for mental anguish and a civil fine/penalty of $10,000. As…

Read More Sexual Harassment Determination Upheld
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From JASMINE BROWN, Plaintiff, v. MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER, et al., Defendants., 2019 WL 6878214 (S.D.N.Y., 2019): In my Opinion & Order, I observed that Defendant offered two non-discriminatory reasons “for Plaintiff’s termination: (1) Plaintiff’s act of working shifts during the leave she had been granted on December 5 and 6, 2013; and (2) Plaintiff’s failure…

Read More Court Denies Motion for Reconsideration of Summary Judgment Denial in Race Discrimination Case
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In Daeisadeghi v. Equinox Great Neck, Inc., 2019 WL 6843142 (2d Cir. Dec. 16, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. From the decision: The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Equinox after concluding that the harassment Daeisadeghi experienced was not sufficiently frequent or severe to…

Read More Jokes About Accent Etc. Insufficient to Make Out Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Holds
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In Barr v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, 17-cv-00378, 2019 WL 6828987 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2019), the court granted summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. This case involves, inter alia, the application of the so-called “continuing violation doctrine”, and in particular the scenario where a portion of the alleged hostile…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Held Time-Barred; Time Not Working for Defendant Couldn’t Be Considered
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In Matter of Tenenbein v. New York City Dept. of Educ., 2019 NY Slip Op 08940 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 12, 2019), the court affirmed the dismissal of claims asserted by the plaintiff – a probationary employee – under the New York Civil Service Law (§ 75-b), and the New York City Human Rights…

Read More Probationary Teacher’s Termination Upheld; Alleged Learning Disability Did Not Form Basis For Discrimination Claim
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In Matter of Thuy Pham (Sperber, Denenberg & Kahan, PC–Commissioner of Labor), 2019 NY Slip Op 08907 (App. Div. 3d Dept. Dec. 12, 2019), the court upheld the dismissal of the claimant’s claim for unemployment benefits, finding that she did not voluntarily leave with “good cause.” Claimant – an attorney and associate at a law…

Read More Unemployment Denial Upheld; Claimant Did Not Voluntarily Leave With “Good Cause”
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In Sripirom v. Rivers Casino and Resort, 2019 WL 6711387 (NDNY Dec. 10, 2019), the court adopted a Report and Recommendation dismissing plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim. The court recited the well-known rule that “[g]enerally, to satisfactorily plead a claim of employment discrimination under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964], absent direct evidence…

Read More #%@&! Termination for Swearing Insufficient to State Discrimination Claim
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In Wilson v. Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health, 2019 WL 6726304 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 11, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The court summarized the law as follows (internal quotation marks and citations omitted; paragraphing altered):…

Read More Retaliation Claims Dismissed; Anonymous Complaint Insufficient
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