Pleading

A recent decision, Ellis v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 1166056 (S.D.N.Y. March 11, 2020), illustrates that in order to properly plead a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, merely invoking the words “abuse” and “hostile” to describe one’s work situation is not enough.…

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In Pignone v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 2020 WL 1140509 (N.D.N.Y. March 9, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, finding that there was no act committed by defendant within the relevant statute of limitations (here, three years under the New York State Human Rights Law). (while the court denied defendant’s motion to…

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In Rella v. New York State Office of Mental Health, 2020 WL 918767 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim for hostile work environment under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After rejecting defendant’s argument that such claims are not cognizable under the ADA, the court turned to…

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In Ramirez v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 18-cv-12058, 2020 WL 470011 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 29, 2020), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff failed to state claims for race and national origin discrimination. (The court did find, however, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment claim.) The court noted, in particular, that “although [plaintiff’s complaint] does…

Read More Notwithstanding “Deplorable” Racially-Disparaging Remarks, Court Dismisses Race and National Origin Discrimination Claims
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In Ramirez v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 18-cv-12058, 2020 WL 470011 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 29, 2020), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Plaintiff has alleged that, throughout his time working at the Printing Center he was…

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In Rogoff v Long Island University, No. 510388/2019, 2020 WL 337067, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30147(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Jan. 21, 2020), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Turning to plaintiff’s claims based on New York State…

Read More Age Discrimination Sufficiently Alleged by Long Island University (Brooklyn) Professor, Court Holds
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In Valerio v. City of New York, 18-cv-11130, 2020 WL 353749 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of employment discrimination – based on his national origin, race, and color – in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

Read More NYPD Corrections Officer’s Title VII Disparate Treatment Claim Survives Dismissal; “Adverse Employment Action” Sufficiently Alleged
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In Vivian Xiang v. Eagle Enterprises, LLC, 19-cv-1752, 2020 WL 248941 (S.D.N.Y. January 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s pregnancy discrimination claim, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law, as summarized by the court: A plaintiff must plead sufficient facts to show that…

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In Nachmany v. FXCM, Inc., 2020 WL 178413, at *6–7 (S.D.N.Y., 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims. Here, since plaintiff and the alleged harasser are both male, the plaintiff was required to “sufficiently allege claims for same-sex harassment.” In analyzing plaintiff’s claim, the court explained and applied the framework articulated by…

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