February 2021

In Beards et al v. Bronxcare Health System et al, 2021 WL 704177 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 23, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of race- and religion-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. After concluding that…

Read More Citing Productivity Decline, Court Dismisses Race and Religion-Based Discrimination Claims
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In Crawford v. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., et al.; Index No. 159731/2020 (Feb. 23, 2021), an employment discrimination/retaliation case, New York Supreme Court Justice Paul Goetz issued a (relatively terse) order granting defendants’ motion to compel arbitration, reasoning that “the claims fall within the scope of the arbitration clause and are not barred by…

Read More Discrimination Claims Must Be Arbitrated Against Goldman Sachs, Court Rules
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In Rodriguez v. Beal, 2021 NY Slip Op 01220 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 25, 2021), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order granting plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment as to liability. In personal injury cases, particularly car accident cases, it is relatively rare for a plaintiff (the party claiming that they were the victim…

Read More Rear-End Car Accident Plaintiff Entitled to Summary Judgment; “Sun Glare” Was Insufficient Explanation for Accident
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In Feinstein v. Richard Carranza and the NYC Dept. of Education, 19-CV-3344, 2021 WL 722411 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 24, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiff’s religion-based discrimination claim as untimely, in that it was not filed within 90 days of the receipt of the right-to-sue letter from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). From the decision:…

Read More Day-Late Religious Discrimination Complaint Dismissed
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In Black v. ESPN, Inc. et al, No. 155236/2020, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50118(U), 2021 WL 668760 (Sup Ct NY Cty, Feb. 19, 2021), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disability discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In sum, plaintiff, a…

Read More Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, & Retaliation Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against ESPN et al
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In Duff v. Pristine Services, 2021 WL 663981 (SDNY Feb. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint alleging a race-based hostile work environment. As to whether the alleged conduct was sufficiently “hostile”, the court explained: Duff’s hostile workplace claim appears to be premised on a single incident, in which he found the three…

Read More Alleged “Racist Graffiti” Held Insufficient to Make Out Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Rules
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In Harding v. Donatella GCT LLC et al, No. 158886/2017, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50116(U), 2021 WL 647542 (Sup Ct, Feb. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment targeting plaintiff’s claim of retaliation. From the decision: To make out a claim for retaliation, a plaintiff must show that (1) she…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Based on Termination Following Complaint of Sexual Harassment/Groping, Survives Summary Judgment Dismissal
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In Harding v. Donatella GCT LLC et al, No. 158886/2017, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50116(U), 2021 WL 647542 (Sup Ct, Feb. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of gender discrimination. From the decision: Plaintiff here has not made out a prima facie case of gender discrimination. For example, the record reflects that…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Court Cites Female Plaintiff’s Replacement by Another Female
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In Domingues v. Barton Chevrolet Cadillac et al, 18-CV-07772, 2021 WL 637016 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant Barton Chevrolet’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim (arising from her complaints of sexual harassment) asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

Read More Retaliation Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against Barton Chevrolet
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In Domingues v. Barton Chevrolet Cadillac et al, 18-CV-07772, 2021 WL 637016 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant Barton Chevrolet’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. The…

Read More Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Survives Summary Judgment; Breast Touching & Comments Presented Triable Issues of Fact
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