2020

In Wright v. Liao, No. 157161/2017, 2020 WL 41671 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 03, 2020), the court discussed and addressed the issue of who is entitled to the protections of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Specifically, the court explained: In order to determine who is an employee under…

Read More Court Finds Issues of Fact as to Whether Plaintiff Was Protected by the New York State and City Human Rights Laws
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In Fleurentin v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corp. et al,  18-cv-05004, 2020 WL 42841 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 3, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. In this case, in sum, plaintiff – a Haitian man – alleged that “over the course of a decade the defendants repeatedly discriminated against him…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Santa Claus Role Denial (etc.) Insufficient
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In Adeniji v. U.S. Department of Commerce/Census Bureau-NY Regional Office/Hannah Zimmerman, 2019 WL 7067057 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 23, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As to plaintiff’s discrimination claim, the court explained: To state an employment discrimination claim under Title VII,…

Read More Title VII Discrimination Claim Insufficiently Alleged, Court Holds
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In Camoia v. City of New York, 787 Fed.Appx. 55, 57 (2d Cir. Dec. 13, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s perceived-as disability claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In sum, plaintiff – a NYPD trainee – alleges that defendant…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of NYPD Trainee’s “Perceived As Disabled” Discrimination Claim
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In New York practice, “consolidation” is the mechanism for joining two or more actions into one. In Lopez v. Bendell, No. 156292/2017, 2019 WL 6216089 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 18, 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to consolidate two actions – one asserting discrimination based on race and national origin under…

Read More Consolidation of Discrimination and Wage Actions Denied
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In Saltzman v. Exlservice Holdings Inc., No. 154361/2019, 2019 WL 6843028 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Dec. 11, 2019), the court denied defendants’ motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s gender discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff asserts that defendants treated her worse than similarly-situated…

Read More Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Court Holds
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Happy New Year! Recently, the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) – New York State’s primary anti-discrimination law – has been modified to strengthen employee protections. These changes, some occurring in 2019 and some occurring in 2020, are summarized at the New York State Division of Human Rights’ website, here. These changes include: Effective…

Read More NY State Law Protections for Employees: 2020 and Beyond
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