National Origin Discrimination

In Siena v. Primo Pizza 84 LLC et al, No. 705179/2016, 69 Misc. 3d 1215(A), 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 51344(U), 2020 WL 6704163 (NY Sup. Ct., Queens Cty., Nov. 05, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the “black letter” law in this area, the court applied…

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In Kalia v. City University of New York, 2020 WL 6875173 (SDNY Nov. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim(s). The court provides the following (well-established) overview of the “black letter law” in this area: [F]or Kalia’s Title VII hostile work environment claim to survive, he…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Insufficiently Alleged; Negative Conduct
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In Nagaraj v. Sandata Technologies, LLC, 2020 WL 6482194 (EDNY Nov. 4, 2020), the court adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation finding that plaintiff may proceed on his claim of  a hostile work environment based on race discrimination culminating in a constructive discharge. This decision is instructive on the scope of a federal statute,…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal
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In Mezinev v. Donald Smith & Co., Inc., 161367/2017, 2020 NY Slip Op 33429 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Oct. 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendant employer’s counterclaims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the faithless servant doctrine. Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages for alleged employment discrimination…

Read More Employer’s Breach of Contract Claim, Based on Alleged Secret Recording of Conversations in the Workplace, Dismissed
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In Rodriguez v. County of Nassau, Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, 2020 WL 5948904 (2d Cir. Oct. 8, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender and national origin-based hostile work environment claim. After outlining the “black-letter law” relating to this claim, the court summarized plaintiff’s contentions: In support…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed; “Handful of Comments Made Over a Decade” Held Insufficient
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In Zheng-Smith v. Nassau Health Care Corporation, 18-cv-2585, 2020 WL 55117486 (EDNY Sept. 14, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims alleged under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. The court explained the black-letter law as follows: Although courts are…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Mocking of Accent, Dismissed
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In Lapko v. Grand Market Intern. Corp., No. 514403/2019, 2020 WL 4818702, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 32711(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Aug. 12, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.[1]The court…

Read More “Regional” National Origin Discrimination Claim Dismissed Under Title VII and NYS Human Rights Law
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In Lapko v. Grand Market Intern. Corp., No. 514403/2019, 2020 WL 4818702, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 32711(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Aug. 12, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of national origin “discrimination by association” claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision:…

Read More National Origin Discrimination Claim, Based on Association With Russian Persons, Sufficiently Alleged Under NYC Human Rights Law
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In Farooq v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation et al, 19-cv-6294, 2020 WL 5018387 (S.D.N.Y. August 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race/national origin/religion-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the applicable law as follows: To prevail on a hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim by Pakistani Pharmacist Plaintiff Dismissed Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.
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In Emamian v. Rockefeller University, 2020 WL 4811383 (2d Cir. Aug. 19, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the district court’s denial of defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law, following a jury verdict for plaintiff on their race and national origin discrimination claims. Defendant asserted that “there was insufficient evidence for a…

Read More Race/National Origin Discrimination Jury Verdict for Plaintiff Upheld
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