April 2020

In Gordon v Consolidated Edison, Inc., No. 152614/2017, 2020 WL 192980 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County March 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Gordon has established a prima facie case…

Read More Medical Marijuana Discrimination Claims Against Con Edison Survive Summary Judgment
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In Oliver v. New York State Police, 2020 WL 1989180 (N.D.N.Y. April 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court held that the alleged conduct was sufficiently “severe or pervasive”, there…

Read More Hostile Work Environment / Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed Against New York State Police
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In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he was subjected to retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I discussed the discrimination portion of the decision here.) From…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Supervisor Dispute Did Not Constitute Sufficient Opposition
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In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he suffered discrimination based on a protected characteristic in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this action, Plaintiff…

Read More Discrimination Complaint Dismissed; Comparators’ Characteristics Not Identified
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From Mohan v The City of New York, No. 151018/2019, 2020 WL 1546404, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30729(U), 5 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 03, 2020): As it pertains to plaintiff’s claims of discrimination, the court finds that plaintiff has not proffered evidence suggesting that on the basis of her race, gender, or…

Read More Race, Gender, National Origin Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against City of New York
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In a recent decision, Sanders v. New World Design Build, Inc. et al, 19-CV-1071, 2020 WL 1957371 (S.D.N.Y. April 23, 2020) – an employment discrimination and retaliation case – the court declined to exercise jurisdiction over defendants’ counterclaims. Defendants’ defamation counterclaim, for example, alleges that Plaintiff defamed them when he spoke with Defendant about his…

Read More Court Declines to Exercise Supplemental Jurisdiction Over Malicious Prosecution and Defamation Counterclaims in Discrimination & Retaliation Case
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In Anderson v. New York City Department of Finance, 19-CV-7971, 2020 WL 1922624 (S.D.N.Y. April 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based discrimination and hostile work environment claims. As to his hostile work environment claim, the court explained, with respect to the nature and consistency of the alleged conduct:…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against NYC Department of Finance
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In Thomas v. Jonathan Mintz et al, No. 103397/11, 11405, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 02367, 2020 WL 1942218 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Apr. 23, 2020), the court modified a lower court decision to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim, but upheld its dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment and discrimination claims, under the New…

Read More Retaliation Claim Survives Dismissal; Hostile Work Environment and Discrimination Claims Dismissed
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In Dass v. The City University of New York (Hostos Community College), 18-cv-11325, 2020 WL 1922689 (SDNy April 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. As…

Read More Gender Discrimination Sufficiently Alleged Against CUNY/Hostos
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The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently announced the formation of a COVID-19 Response Team to address and ameliorate increased harassment and discrimination related to the virus. From the press release: Since February, the agency has recorded 248 reports of harassment and discrimination related to COVID-19, over 40% (105) of which identify incidents…

Read More NYC Commission on Human Rights Forms COVID-19 Response Team to Address Increased Virus-Related Harassment and Discrimination
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