2020

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is apparently investigating an incident in which a white woman (Amy Cooper) called the NYPD on a black man (Christian Cooper) after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. The NYC Commission on Human Rights enforces the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL),…

Read More NYC Commission on Human Rights to Investigate Alleged Racial Central Park Incident

In Miranda v. South Country Central School District, Joseph Giani, et al, 2020 WL 2563091 (EDNY May 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the New…

Read More “Topless Selfie” Teacher’s Gender Discrimination Claims Continue Against School District

In Geller v. de Blasio et al, 2020 WL 2520711 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), the court denied plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to enjoin the City of New York from enforcing an Executive Order of March 25, 2020 and its restriction on non-essential gatherings. This decision provides a primer of how…

Read More Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to NYC Executive Order Restricting Non-Essential Gatherings

In Pardovani v. Crown Building Maintenance Co., 2020 WL 2555280 (SDNY May 20, 2020), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Pardovani offers evidence to suggest that, far from an occasional occurrence, the word “nigger,” and derivations thereof, were used frequently and offensively in…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive; Evidence Included the Use of the “N-Word”

In Jones v. Fox Rothschild LLP, 2020 WL 2521328 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), a sexual harassment case, the court transferred the case to the District of New Jersey. After summarizing the general principles governing the setting of venue in a federal district court – namely, that venue lies in a district “in which a substantial…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Against Fox Rothschild Transferred to New Jersey

In Bateman v. Montefiore Med. Ctr., 2020 NY Slip Op 02969 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 21, 2020), the court unanimously modified a lower court Order so as to deny defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims for employment discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.…

Read More Race Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Resurrected From Summary Judgment Dismissal Against Montefiore Medical Center

In Campbell v. Bottling Group, LLC, 2020 WL 2563100 (2d Cir. May 21, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the district court’s dismissal (summary judgment) on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the well-established black-letter law relating to hostile work environment claims: To establish a claim for hostile work…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; “Stink” Comment Insufficient

In Matthew v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2020 WL 2523064 (EDNY May 18, 2020) (J. Mauskopf), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [Plaintiff] Matthew has not alleged any facts supporting an inference that she was terminated because of her race or gender. Indeed, the only allegation…

Read More Accent-Based National Origin Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against JPMorgan Chase

In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 2020 WL 2489774 (EDNY May 14, 2020) (J. Spatt), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff leave to amend his complaint to supplement his retaliation claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court outlined the relevant law: To succeed in an ADA retaliation claim, a plaintiff must prove…

Read More ADA Retaliation Claim May Be Supplemented in Amended Complaint

In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 2020 WL 2489774 (EDNY May 14, 2020) (J. Spatt), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege that he suffered from a “disability” (here, a mold allergy0 within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From the decision: Here, the Court denies the Plaintiff…

Read More Disability (Mold Allergy) Insufficiently Alleged; ADA Amendment Denied