Employment Discrimination

In Pardovani v. Crown Building Maintenance Co., 2020 WL 2555280 (SDNY May 20, 2020), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Pardovani offers evidence to suggest that, far from an occasional occurrence, the word “nigger,” and derivations thereof, were used frequently and offensively in…

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In Jones v. Fox Rothschild LLP, 2020 WL 2521328 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), a sexual harassment case, the court transferred the case to the District of New Jersey. After summarizing the general principles governing the setting of venue in a federal district court – namely, that venue lies in a district “in which a substantial…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Against Fox Rothschild Transferred to New Jersey

In Bateman v. Montefiore Med. Ctr., 2020 NY Slip Op 02969 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 21, 2020), the court unanimously modified a lower court Order so as to deny defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims for employment discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.…

Read More Race Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Resurrected From Summary Judgment Dismissal Against Montefiore Medical Center

In Campbell v. Bottling Group, LLC, 2020 WL 2563100 (2d Cir. May 21, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the district court’s dismissal (summary judgment) on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the well-established black-letter law relating to hostile work environment claims: To establish a claim for hostile work…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; “Stink” Comment Insufficient

In Matthew v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2020 WL 2523064 (EDNY May 18, 2020) (J. Mauskopf), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [Plaintiff] Matthew has not alleged any facts supporting an inference that she was terminated because of her race or gender. Indeed, the only allegation…

Read More Accent-Based National Origin Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against JPMorgan Chase

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…

Read More ADA Retaliation Claim May Be Supplemented in Amended Complaint

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 Taylor v. Dollar Tree Stores, 2020 WL 2478663 (EDNY May 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claims. From the decision: Taylor’s allegations about his co-workers, including that they verbally abused him cannot be the basis of a hostile work environment claim, because there is an…

Read More Race/National Origin-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed Against Dollar Tree Stores

In Golston-Green v. City of New York, et al., No. 2016-02462, 28117/09, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 02768, 2020 WL 2462411 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., May 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. This decision is instructive as to the differences between the New York State Human…

Read More Court Clarifies Standard for “Adverse Employment Action” Under the NYC Human Rights Law