Arrest/Conviction Discrimination

In Whitfield v. City of New York Admin. For Children’s Services, No. 101407/2019, 2020 WL 5040369 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 26, 2020), the court rejected the petitioner’s claim of impermissible discrimination based on his criminal record (specifically, a conviction for second degree murder). The Court framed the issue – which came before…

Read More Conviction Record Discrimination Claim Against ACS Rejected; CPLR Article 78 Petition Dismissed
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In Hodge v. New York City Transit Authority, No. 11006, 11007, 159612/18, 655191/18, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 01008, 2020 WL 716782 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Feb. 13, 2020), the Appellate Division, First Department, upheld the termination of petitioner’s employment. From the decision: The termination of petitioner Hodge’s employment based on conduct that, if proven in court,…

Read More Termination Did Not Violate Arrest/Conviction Discrimination Statutes, Court Finds
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In Sassi v. Mobile Life Support Servs., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 07305 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Oct. 9, 2019), the court affirmed the lower court’s dismissal – see Sassi v. Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., NY Supreme Court, Dutchess County, Index No. 2016-51918, Decision and Order filed 12/15/16 – of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim,…

Read More Court Affirms Dismissal of Conviction Discrimination Claim Under the NYS Human Rights Law
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In Harding v Donatella GCT LLC, No. 158886/2017, 2019 WL 1597675, at *1 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 11, 2019), the court granted plaintiff’s motion under CPLR 3025 (b) to amend her complaint to add a claim under the Fair Chance Act of the New York City Human Rights Law, alleging that Donatella…

Read More Court Permits Amendment to Add “Fair Chance Act” Criminal History Discrimination Claim
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In Carrington v. New York State Off. for People With Dev. Disabilities, 2019 NY Slip Op 01887 (App. Div. 4th Dept. March 15, 2019), an employment discrimination case, the court affirmed the lower court’s order granting defendant’s pre-answer motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint – alleging discrimination based on prior criminal conviction in violation of the…

Read More Criminal Conviction Discrimination Case Properly Dismissed as Untimely, Court Holds
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In Suarez v. Mosaic Sales Solutions US Operating Co., LLC, 2018 WL 357540 (2d Cir. 17-2344 Jan. 11, 2018), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim under the New York City Fair Chance Act, N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-107(11)(a), based on defendant’s failure to follow certain procedures before rescinding plaintiff’s job offer after discovering,…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of NYC Fair Chance Act Claim; Amount-in-Controversy Element Not Satisfied
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Here is an excerpt from the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ November 16, 2017 press release regarding its efforts to enforce the recently-enacted Fair Chance Act: The NYC Commission on Human Rights announced charges today against 12 local and national businesses for violating the Fair Chance Act, including Estée Lauder, Family Dollar, Kroll Associates, Tavern on…

Read More NYC Commission on Human Rights Files Complaints Against Several Companies for Violating the Fair Chance Act
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From McClarence v. International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union, 2017 WL 3887883, at *2 (E.D.N.Y., 2017): In this case, McClarence’s complaint fails to state a claim under Title VII. McClarence has asserted a bare-bones claim that he was discriminated against on the basis of race or color, but has not identified himself as a…

Read More Complaint Fails to State Title VII, ADA Claim Based on (Unspecified) Race, Criminal Conviction, or Drug Test
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In Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., No. 35, 2017 WL 1712423 (N.Y. May 4, 2017), the New York Court of Appeals addressed three certified questions – posed to it by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit[1]Griffin v. Sirva Inc., 835 F3d 283 (2d Cir. 2016) – regarding liability under the New York State…

Read More Court of Appeals Clarifies Liability Under the NYS Human Rights Law Regarding Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction
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In Schwarz v. Consolidated Edison, Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 00927 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 7, 2017), the First Department affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint. In this case, plaintiff “alleges that defendant Consolidated Edison, Inc. [] denied him employment based on his 2002 perjury conviction, and prior assault-related convictions, which subsequently were…

Read More First Department Affirms Dismissal of “Conviction Discrimination” Claim By Former NYPD Officer Involved in Abner Louima Case
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