Disability Discrimination

In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 2020 WL 2489774 (EDNY May 14, 2020) (J. Spatt), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff leave to amend his complaint to supplement his retaliation claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court outlined the relevant law: To succeed in an ADA retaliation claim, a plaintiff must prove…

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In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 2020 WL 2489774 (EDNY May 14, 2020) (J. Spatt), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege that he suffered from a “disability” (here, a mold allergy0 within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From the decision: Here, the Court denies the Plaintiff…

Read More Disability (Mold Allergy) Insufficiently Alleged; ADA Amendment Denied

In Zabar v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 2423450 (S.D.N.Y. May 12, 2020) (J. Gardephe), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From the decision: Plaintiff claims that she engaged in protected activity in the summer of 2016, when…

Read More NYC Teacher’s ADA Retaliation Claim Survives Dismissal

In Ramos v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, No. 153742/18, 2020 WL 2041968, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 31061(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 03, 2020), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability-based hostile work environment claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court reached this conclusion, however,…

Read More Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Under the New York City (But Not New York State) Human Rights Law

In Gordon v Consolidated Edison, Inc., No. 152614/2017, 2020 WL 192980 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County March 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Gordon has established a prima facie case…

Read More Medical Marijuana Discrimination Claims Against Con Edison Survive Summary Judgment

In Williams v. Anne Geiger and Department of Education, 2020 WL 1304397 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to establish a hostile work environment claim, plaintiff was required to show two elements: (1) the workplace was permeated with…

Read More Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed

The EEOC recently offered information on how the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act may apply in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This document links to a prior document, titled “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act” (written during the H1N1 outbreak), which has been…

Read More EEOC Issues (Updated) Guidance Regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and COVID-19

A recent decision, Brouillard v Sunrun, Inc., No. 518516-2019, 2020 WL 998990, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30663(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 26, 2020), illustrates the difference between the New York State Human Rights Law and the comparatively broader New York City Human Rights Law – here, specifically, in the context of a claim…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Arising From Medical Marijuana User Status Sufficiently Alleged Under City, But Not State, Law

In Matter of New York State Unified Ct. Sys. v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2020 NY Slip Op 01252 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 20, 2020), the court upheld a finding of disability discrimination on behalf of a hearing-impaired court officer. From the decision: The Commissioner’s finding of discrimination is supported by…

Read More Court Upholds Finding of Disability Discrimination of Court Officer