Disability Discrimination

In Hyacinthe v. City of New York, No. 151812/2020, 2021 WL 619320, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30443(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court summarized the facts (specifically pertinent to…

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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 Gordon v. Consolidated Edison Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op 00492 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 28, 2021), the court held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to proceed on her failure-to-accommodate-disability discrimination claim under the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff, who worked for defendant as a financial analyst, suffered from irritable…

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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 Payne v. Cornell University, 2021 WL 39684 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The court explained: [E]ven if Plaintiff had properly supported her claims, the Court would find that the complained-of conduct is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of Plaintiff’s employment. Courts…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Denial of Time Off and a Negative Evaluation Insufficient
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In a recently-updated (December 16, 2020) document titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws“, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed (in section “K.”), the issue of vaccinations in the context of COVID-19. For example, the EEOC takes the position that: The vaccination itself…

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From Fernandes v Jadah Carroll, LLC, No. 12665, 158642/19, 2020-02599, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 07669, 2020 WL 7391276 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Dec. 17, 2020): Defendants demonstrated conclusively that they were not subject to the New York City Human Rights Law’s prohibition on discrimination in employment based on disability because they employed fewer than four persons…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Defendants Employed Fewer Than Four Persons
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In Benitez v. Jamaica Hosp. Medical Center, No. 507954/2017, 2020 WL 7132073 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Dec. 01, 2020), the court granted defendant’s motion to set aside the jury verdict on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, reasoning that “[a] single, ill considered remark over the entire course of plaintiff’s employment is not sufficiently severe…

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In Wolfe–Santos v NYS Gaming Commission, No. 12467, 160963/16, 2018-6103, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 06976, 2020 WL 6877365 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Nov. 24, 2020), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The complaint fails to state a cause…

Read More Disability Discrimination Complaint Dismissal Against NYS Gaming Commission Affirmed
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In Vega v. Department of Education, 2020 WL 6727803 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claim. From the decision: Vega alleges that she was terminated in March 2019 in retaliation for filing her previous case, Vega I, in July 2018. Doc. 30 ¶ 20. To sufficiently plead a prima facie…

Read More Disability-Based Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Causation Undermined by Nine-Month Gap Between Protected Activity and Adverse Action
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