Pleading

The facts of Quan v. Macy’s, No. 159450/2019, 2021 WL 4080215 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 08, 2021) are fairly straightforward: Plaintiff alleges that he paid defendant over $20,000 for a Rolex watch, and thereafter learned that the watch was “used” and had non-Rolex parts. Plaintiff sued. The court held that he sufficiently…

Read More Public Accommodation Discrimination Claims Dismissed in Case Against Macy’s Arising From Alleged Sale of “Used” Rolex
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In Areu v. Fox News Network, LLC, 2021 WL 4124226 (SDNY Sept. 9, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim against Fox News, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because she failed to plausibly allege that she was Fox News’ “employee” within the meaning of the statute.…

Read More “Liberal Sherpa” Cathy Areu’s Title VII Gender Discrimination Claim Against Fox News Dismissed; Title VII “Employee” Status Insufficiently Alleged
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In Bonterre v. City of New York et al, 18 Civ. 745, 2021 WL 4060358 (SDNY Sept. 7, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion – under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c) – to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual harassment / hostile work environment claim. The court explained: In [the Second] Circuit, courts determining whether…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on “Broomstick” Incident, Survives Dismissal
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In a recent case emanating from the Northern District of Illinois, Miller v. Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp., No. 20 C 414, 2021 WL 3883080 (N.D.Ill. Aug. 31, 2021), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of sexually hostile work environment. This case is instructive as to how courts evaluate the situation…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on Photo and Vulgar Comments, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Gates v. City of New York et al, 20 Civ. 3186, 2021 WL 3774189 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 25, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Plaintiff alleged that defendants discriminated against him on the basis of his perceived disability, namely, “depression/suicidal.” After outlining the “black…

Read More Court Dismisses NYPD Officer’s “Regarded As” Disability Discrimination Claim
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In Harris v. NYC Human Resources Administration et al, 20-cv-2011, 2021 WL 3855239 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 27, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender- and age-based hostile work environment claims under, respectively, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. As to plaintiff’s gender-based claim, the court…

Read More Age, Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed Against NYC Human Resources Administration
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In Peck v. County of Onondaga et al, 21-CV-651, 2021 WL 3710546 (N.D.N.Y. Aug. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim as insufficiently pled. From the decision: Peck’s allegations of gender discrimination are stronger [than her dismissed religious discrimination claim], but not by enough. The sum total of the specific allegations…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Insufficiently Alleged Against Onondaga County et al
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In Sutton v. Stony Brook University et al, 18-cv-7434, 2021 WL 3667013 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.[1]Plaintiff also alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution pursuant…

Read More Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed Against Stony Brook University
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In Thomas v. The City of New York, No. 150877/2021, 2021 WL 3624928 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 10, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim for race discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: A plaintiff states a claim of discrimination under…

Read More Discrimination Claim Against NYC, Based on Involuntary Overtime, Reassignment, and Replacement, Sufficiently Alleged
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