April 2021

In Pustilnik v. Battery Park City Authority et al, No. 150138/2020, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 21087, 2021 WL 1324212 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Apr. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law.[1]The court also denied defendants’ motion to…

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In Crandall v. Equinox Holdings, Inc., No. 157373/2018, 2021 WL 1253808, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 31063(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 05, 2021), a sexual assault case, the court ruled on the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery. The court summarized the facts, and plaintiff’s motion, as follows: In this case, plaintiff alleges that…

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In Kohler v. Federal Emergency Management Agency, et al, 17-cv-07839, 2021 WL 1240322 (S.D.N.Y. April 2, 2021), the court, inter alia, ruled against plaintiff on her sex/gender-based hostile work environment claim. The court outlined the legal elements of such a claim: A plaintiff claiming that her employer created or tolerated a hostile work environment based…

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In Bush v. Alliant Content, LLC, No. 151495/2020, 2021 WL 1204987 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 29, 2021), the court dismissed, with prejudice, plaintiff’s claim of employment discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). While that statute is comparatively broader than its federal and state counterparts, it will not apply…

Read More Finding Insufficient Connection to New York City, Court Strikes NYC Human Rights Law Claim From Employment Discrimination Complaint
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In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 2021 WL 1226658 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Con Edison; Slavery Comment Cited
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In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 2021 WL 1226658 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Con Edison
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In Cabrera v Thomas, No. 13472, 2020-04779, 29663/18E, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 02060, 2021 WL 1216540 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Apr. 01, 2021) – a case arising from a multiple-vehicle “chain reaction” car accident – the court affirmed the summary judgment dismissal in favor of the middle vehicle. From the decision: Plaintiffs sustained injuries as a…

Read More Stopped Middle Driver in Chain-Reaction Car Accident Held Not Liable
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In Franklin v. Myth Clothing Co., No. 161482/2019, 2021 WL 743848 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 24, 2021) – a gender discrimination case – the court determined that the defendants’ motion to dismiss based on documentary evidence (under CPLR 3211(a)(1)) and for failure to state a claim (under CPLR 3211(a)(7)) to a motion…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim to be Decided on Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Praise of Alleged Harasser by Female Employees
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In Murray v. NYU Langone Hospitals et al, No. 151402/2019, 2021 WL 1204988 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 29, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims, but held that plaintiff’s sexual harassment / hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law was sufficiently alleged. While this decision…

Read More Sexually Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal Against NYU Langone Hospitals Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Jaffery v. Downtown Pharmacy, Inc., et al, 20 Civ. 3437, 2021 WL 1199074 (S.D.N.Y. March 30, 2021) (J. Daniels), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s discrimination and hostile work environment claims under 42 USC § 1981. From the decision: Here, Plaintiff alleges both a hostile work environment and discriminatory adverse employment…

Read More Section 1981 Employment Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal Against Pharmacy
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