Employment Discrimination

In Matter of JPK Imports/Oneonta, Inc. v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2021 NY Slip Op 02336 (App. Div. 3d Dept. April 15, 2021) – a disability discrimination case – the court upheld the New York State Division of Human Rights’ (SDHR) imposition of a civil fine of $20,000 (and held that the…

Read More Greater Civil Fine in “Serious and Deliberate” Disability Discrimination Was Warranted
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In Alvarez v. New York City Department of Education, 2021 WL 1424851 (S.D.N.Y. April 15, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged her claims of age- and gender-based employment discrimination. The court summarized the law as follows: “The Second Circuit has not created an unbending or rigid rule about what circumstances allow…

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In Lyons v. New York Life Insurance Company, 2021 WL 1405602 (S.D.N.Y., 2021), an employment discrimination case, the court granted plaintiff’s motion to compel certain discovery from defendant. In sum, plaintiff – who worked as a Long-Term Care Consultant (LTCC) – asserts claims for gender and age discrimination and retaliation, as well as for unequal…

Read More Court Discusses Use of Prior Acts as Background Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases
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From Budhai v. New York City Dept. of Correction, No. 158407/2019, 2021 WL 1391283 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 13, 2021): Budhai argues that DOC’s disciplining her for lateness was discrimination because of her caregiver status in violation of NYSHRL and NYCHRL. She alleges she was late to work because she was taking…

Read More Caregiver Status Discrimination Claim Dismissed Against NYC Dept. of Correction
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In Cephus v. Normakamali, Inc., No. 156176/2020, 2021 WL 1345362 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 08, 2021), an employment discrimination and retaliation case, the court granted defendant’s motion to compel arbitration. From the decision: In this case, Cephus’ proposed employment discrimination and retaliation claims are subject to arbitration because the provision at issue…

Read More Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Subject to (Unsigned-by-Employer) Arbitration Agreement
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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 disability discrimination asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law.[1]The court also denied defendants’ motion to…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal Against the Battery Park City Authority
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In Pakniat v. Moor, 2021 NY Slip Op 01856 (App. Div. 1st Dept. march 25, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, on the ground that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over those claims. Here, the plaintiff was…

Read More Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Claims Dismissed; Court Lacked Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over NY State and City Human Rights Law Claims Asserted by Montreal-Based Plaintiff
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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…

Read More Age Discrimination Complaint Sufficiently Alleged Against Battery Park City Authority
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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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