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In Fabor v. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 19-CV-1573S, 2021 WL 4060420 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 7, 2021) – a race discrimination and retaliation case asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the court discussed and applied the rules concerning the “administrative exhaustion” aspect of asserting a Title VII claim. In sum, before…

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In Edo v. Antika Pizzeria Astoria, Inc., 2021 WL 2451661 (2d Cir. June 16, 2021) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. In this case, the court discussed and applied…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims, Filed 114 Days After Receiving EEOC Right-to-Sue-Letter, Dismissed as Untimely; “Equitable Tolling” Held Inapplicable
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A recent decision, Barney v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Service Corporation, 2020 WL 1699984 (SDNY April 8, 2020), illustrates the “extraordinary circumstances” justifying a delay in filing a federal discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the grounds of “equitable tolling.” Plaintiff asserted claims of sexual orientation-based discrimination and retaliation, and…

Read More Stabbing Justified “Equitable Tolling” of 90-Day EEOC Deadline in Discrimination Case, Court Holds
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In Barr v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, 17-cv-00378, 2019 WL 6828987 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2019), the court granted summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. This case involves, inter alia, the application of the so-called “continuing violation doctrine”, and in particular the scenario where a portion of the alleged hostile…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Held Time-Barred; Time Not Working for Defendant Couldn’t Be Considered
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In Robinson v. Medical Answering Service et al, 5:18-CV-1222, 2019 WL 5653378 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 31, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on the ground that that claim was (a) not asserted in plaintiff’s EEOC filing, and (b) not “reasonably related”…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed as Not Administratively Exhausted at the EEOC; Not “Reasonably Related” to EEOC Gender Discrimination Claim
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In Edo v. Antika Pizzeria Astoria, Inc., 15-cv-5605, 2019 WL 4602799 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim, finding that it was not administratively exhausted at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). From the decision: The court agrees with defendant’s argument that plaintiff’s hostile work environment…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Not Asserted at the EEOC, Dismissed
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Today the Supreme Court, in an opinion delivered by Justice Ginsburg, Ford Bend County, Texas v. Davis, No. 18-525, held that the EEOC charge-filing requirement, embodied in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is not “jurisdictional” (and thus does not relate to subject matter jurisdiction), but is rather a “claim-processing rul[] that…

Read More SCOTUS Holds That Title VII’s EEOC Charge-Filing Requirement is Not “Jurisdictional”
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From THOMAS GIBB, Plaintiff, v. TAPESTRY, INC. d/b/a Stuart Weitzman, Defendant., 2018 WL 6329403, at *5–6 (S.D.N.Y., 2018): Congress has unequivocally addressed the exclusive conditions under which Title VII complainants may bring a private suit in federal court. As this Court previously held in Henschke, “the language of section 2000e-5(f)(1) explicitly requires that one of two…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed in Light of Premature EEOC Right-to-Sue Letter
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In Ray v. New York State Insurance Fund, 16-cv-2895, 2018 WL 3475467 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because the plaintiff did not “exhaust administrative remedies.” The court summarized the law: “[E]xhaustion of administrative remedies through the EEOC…

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In Khater v. API Industries d/b/a Aluf Plastics, Inc., 2017 WL 6515531 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 19, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim because plaintiff failed to “exhaust administrative remedies” at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with respect to that claim. This decision illustrates the pitfalls present when pursuing federal employment discrimination claims,…

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