Employment Law

In a recent Summary Order, Dunaway v. MPCC Corp. (2d Cir. Sept. 27, 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s age discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. This decision teaches that asking age-related questions during a job interview is not, alone, necessarily sufficient to sustain a failure-to-hire discrimination claim.…

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In Jackson v. Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Flowers, Greenberg & Eisman, LLP, 2016 NY Slip Op 26300 (NYC Civil Ct. Kings Cty. Sept. 23, 2016), the court dismissed, on reconsideration, plaintiff’s claim that defendant was liable under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Plaintiff, who worked as the personal chauffeur for Howard Fensterman, alleged that the…

Read More Law Firm Managing Partner’s Driver Held Exempt From FMLA Coverage

In Spinelli v. City of New York, 13-cv-7112, 2016 WL 5476001 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2016), the Court adopted a Magistrate’s Report & Recommendation to, among other things, deny defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s age discrimination claim under the New York State Human Rights Law. As to plaintiff’s prima facie case, the Court explained:…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Shifting of Responsibilities to Clerical Tasks and Ageist Remarks

In Sarr v. Saks Fifth Ave. LLC, 151303/2015, 2016 NY Slip Op 31751(U) (NY Sup Ct NY Cty Sept. 20, 2016), the court dismissed the claims brought by the Muslim plaintiff, under the NYS and NYC Human Rights Laws, of employment discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment. After reviewing the legal standard/burden-shifting framework for evaluating plaintiff’s discrimination claims,…

Read More Court Dismisses Muslim Plaintiff’s Employment Discrimination, Retaliation, Hostile Work Environment Claims Against Saks Fifth Avenue

In Andrus v. Corning, Inc., No. 14-CV-6667-FPG, 2016 WL 5372467 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII hostile work environment sexual harassment claim arising from sexual comments made by plaintiff’s co-worker. She alleged: (i) In April 2013, Mr. Drane [the alleged harassing…

Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Co-Worker’s Sexual Comments, While Inappropriate, Could Not Be Imputed to Employer

A recent decision, Kennedy v. Federal Express Corp, 13-cv-1540, 2016 WL 5415774 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2016), a sexual harassment case, illustrates that proving the existence of a hostile work environment is alone insufficient to prevail. In this case, defendant conceded for purposes of its summary judgment motion that the alleged conduct of plaintiff’s supervisor created…

Read More FedEx Not Liable For Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment; Faragher/Ellerth Defense Cited and Applied

In Olsen v. Suffolk County et al, 15-CV-4064, 2016 WL 5395846 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 27, 2016), the court held, among other things, that plaintiff plausibly alleged hostile work environment sexual harassment. The court summarized plaintiff’s allegations, in part, as follows: On or about May 26, 2014, Plaintiff was eating dinner with coworkers outside the precinct and…

Read More Forced Penis Touch, Among Other Allegations, Sufficient to Plausibly Allege Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

A recent decision, Smith v. JPMorgan Chase, No. 15 CIV. 808 (PAE), 2016 WL 5339548 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2016), is instructive on the law governing settlement agreements, including those claimed to bar Title VII discrimination claims. In this case, the African American plaintiff alleged that she “was terminated after an internal investigation for a violation of…

Read More Court Holds That Settlement Agreement Was Broad Enough to Include Title VII Claims

In Kaplan v. New York City Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, 2016 NY Slip Op 06063 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Sept. 21, 2016), the court reversed a CPLR 3211(a)(7) dismissal (for failure to state a claim) of plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. This decision provides helpful guidance on who has what burden of…

Read More 2d Dept. Reverses Dismissal of “Masturbating Boss” Sexual Harassment Case Under the NYC Human Rights Law

In a recently-filed Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, captioned Cohen v. Speyer Legacy School et al (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. 157853/2016), plaintiff asserts that he was subjected to discrimination based on his sexual orientation and retaliation against an elite private Manhattan school for gifted children. Plaintiff (who is gay) alleges, among other things, that he…

Read More Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit Against Speyer Legacy School