Employment Discrimination

A recent decision from the Eastern District of New York, Henek v. CSC Holdings, LLC, 2020 WL 1516460 (E.D.N.Y. March 30, 2020) (J. Cogan), is instructive as to what a plaintiff must show – specifically, what will (in the court’s words) “not cut it” – when opposing a summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.…

Read More Religion/National Origin Discrimination Claims Dismissed; “Contentions” and “Beliefs” “Do Not Cut It”

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 Johnson v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2036708 (S.D.N.Y. April 28, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. On the race discrimination claim,…

Read More Firefighter’s Race Discrimination Claims Dismissed; Comments Were “Stray Remarks”

In Johnson v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2036708 (S.D.N.Y. April 28, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual orientation discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. From…

Read More Firefighter’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal

In Hoit v. Capital District Transportation Authority, 10-202, 2020 WL 1514754 (2d Cir. March 30, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff’s lawsuit arose from an incident in which, on his last day…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Arising From “Tea Bagging” Incident, Not Imputable to Employer Under NYS Human Rights Law; Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal

In Colbert v. FSA Store, Inc., Health E-Commerce, and Jeremy Miller, 2020 WL 1989404 (SDNY April 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, SEction 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the New York State and City…

Read More Race Discrimination Complaint Survives Dismissal; Allegations Included “Coded Racial Comments”

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 Oliver v. New York State Police, 2020 WL 1989180 (N.D.N.Y. April 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court held that the alleged conduct was sufficiently “severe or pervasive”, there…

Read More Hostile Work Environment / Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed Against New York State Police

In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he was subjected to retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I discussed the discrimination portion of the decision here.) From…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Supervisor Dispute Did Not Constitute Sufficient Opposition

In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he suffered discrimination based on a protected characteristic in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this action, Plaintiff…

Read More Discrimination Complaint Dismissed; Comparators’ Characteristics Not Identified