December 2020

In Durand et al v. Excelsior Care Group LLC et al, 2020 WL 7246437 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiffs’ claims under the Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d). From the decision: After reviewing the SAC [Second Amended Complaint], the court concludes that plaintiffs failed to state an Equal Pay…

Read More Equal Pay Act Claim Dismissed; Mere Recitation of Statutory Language and Job Titles Insufficient
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In Benitez v. Jamaica Hosp. Medical Center, No. 507954/2017, 2020 WL 7132073 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Dec. 01, 2020), the court granted defendant’s motion to set aside the jury verdict on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, reasoning that “[a] single, ill considered remark over the entire course of plaintiff’s employment is not sufficiently severe…

Read More Single Remark Insufficient to Sustain Jury Verdict on Hostile Work Environment CaseTanks
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In Cain v. North Country Community College et al, 2020 WL 7230722 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 8, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In sum, plaintiff – an African American female adjunct professor – claimed that she was passed over for a promotion by two…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Against Upstate Community College Dismissed
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In Renk v. Renk, No. 153019/2020, 2020 WL 7046642 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment claim asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: To establish a hostile work environment under the NYSHRL and NYCHRL, plaintiff…

Read More Lacking Link to Plaintiff’s Age, Plaintiff’s Age-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Fails
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In Lebowitz et al v. New York City Dept. of Education et al, 2020 WL 7024362 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [Plaintiff] premises her claim largely on comments purportedly made by O’Mahoney and Izzo. According to…

Read More Teachers’ Age Discrimination / Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed
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In Agosto v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 7086060 (2d Cir. Dec. 4, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff high school teacher’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the elements of such a claim: To establish…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Teacher’s Title VII Retaliation Claim
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In Agosto v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 7086060 (2d Cir. Dec. 4, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff high school teacher’s same-sex sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim based on the alleged conduct of the principal (Ureña). In support of his claim that he suffered a…

Read More Same-Sex Hostile Work Environment/Sexual Harassment Claim Against NYCDOE Properly Dismissed
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In Pelepelin v. City of New York, No. 12535, 154246/18, 2019-5743, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 07291, 2020 WL 7061886 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Dec. 03, 2020), the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Here is…

Read More NYPD Detective Sufficiently Alleges Retaliation Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Pelepelin v. City of New York, No. 12535, 154246/18, 2019-5743, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 07291, 2020 WL 7061886 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Dec. 03, 2020), the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a discriminatory failure to promote claim under the New York State and City Human…

Read More NYPD Detective’s Failure-to-Promote Discrimination Claims, Based on Age and National Origin (Russian), Sufficiently Alleged Under NYS & NYC Human Rights Laws
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In Pesce v. Mendes & Mount, LLP et al, 2020 WL 7028641 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Assessing the totality of the circumstances, and noting that the Second Circuit has “repeatedly cautioned against setting the bar too…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Against Mendes & Mount Survives Dismissal
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