January 2021

In a recent case, Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC v. Midvale Indemnity Company, 20-cv-05818, 2021 WL 276655 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 27, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant insurance company’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff attorney’s complaint, which sought a declaration that the firm’s commercial property insurance policy covered its losses caused by stay-at-home and social-distancing…

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In Tihan v. Apollo Management Holdings, L.P., No. 152196/2019, 2021 WL 274709 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 27, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s (a Turkish Muslim) claims of discrimination based on his national origin or religion. The court rejected plaintiff’s argument that his performance reviews…

Read More National Origin, Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against Apollo Management Holdings
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In Denson v. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., No. 101616/2017, 2021 WL 256624 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 11, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint to add a claim for retaliation arising from defendants’ commencement of an arbitration proceeding in response to her lawsuit alleging a…

Read More Sex-Discrimination Plaintiff May Amend Complaint to Assert Arbitration-Related Retaliation Claim Against Trump Campaign
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In Lettau v. 1199 Seiu Nat. Ben. Fund, No. 158020/2018, 2021 WL 143478, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30122(U), 5–6 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 15, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision:…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Unexcused Absences, Not Disability, Justified Termination
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In Crews v. The City of Ithaca et al, 2021 WL 257120 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim – which was based, in part, on plaintiff’s co-workers creating a fake ID that included Plaintiff’s picture with the name “McLovin” printed on the ID (which was a reference to…

Read More “McLovin” Fake ID, While Inappropriate, Did Not Give Rise to a Hostile Work Environment Claim
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In Williams v. Rhythm of Life Corp., No. 652707/2020, 2021 WL 143487, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30139(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 14, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s breach-of-contract claim arising from his alleged wrongful termination. In sum, in this case plaintiff asserts “that the defendant wrongfully…

Read More Dance Teacher Stated Claim For Breach of Contract Following Termination For Allegedly False Accusations of Sexual Harassment
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In Massaro v. The Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al, 2021 WL 184364, at *6 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment (in part) on her retaliation claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act,…

Read More ADEA Retaliation Claim, Arising From Denial of Substitute Teaching Application Following EEOC Charge, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Thompson v. Corizon Health, Inc., et al, 18 Civ. 7139, 2021 WL 105767 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff presented enough facts to survive summary judgment on her sexual harassment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The parties do not dispute that Plaintiffs…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case, Arising From Inmate Harassment, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Gilbert v. Indeed, Inc., et al., 2021 WL 169111 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant Indeed’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims. Plaintiff’s complaint contains allegations of horrific sexual harassment, including rape. In addressing the enforceability, under New York law, of an agreement to arbitrate statutory discrimination…

Read More Court Compels Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Against Indeed
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