Pregnancy Discrimination

In a recent New York State court complaint, captioned Prowell v. Advanced Fertility Services, P.C. et al (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. 155828/2016, filed July 14, 2016), plaintiff alleges that she was terminated in retaliation for her complaints about pregnancy discrimination, in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. She asserts claims…

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The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently issued its Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy (as set forth in Local Law No. 78 (2013); N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-107(22)). (Press release here.) The Legal Guidance provides, in part: Pregnancy discrimination under the NYCHRL is discrimination based on gender. Prior to 2014,…

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This week, in Legg v. Ulster Cty., No. 14-3636, 2016 WL 1637993 (2d Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the Second Circuit reinstated a pregnancy discrimination claim brought by an Ulster County Corrections Officer. Plaintiff argued that the defendant County “unlawfully discriminated against her on the basis of her pregnancy when it denied her request for an accommodation under…

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In a recently-filed Manhattan federal lawsuit, captioned Kantrowitz v. Procter & Gamble, SDNY 16cv02813, plaintiff alleges, among other things: [Plaintiff], a [Procter & Gamble] employee of two years in good standing who sold products geared to women at P&G’s Dolce and Gabbana [] makeup shop at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, was fired after she announced…

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In a recent complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, Moore v. Despont Studios LLC et al, 15-cv-00619, plaintiff – an architect and former employee of Despont Studios LLC d/b/a The Office of Thierry W. Despont, Ltd. – asserts claims of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. From her complaint: In stark contrast to its progressive…

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On October 21, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law several bills, collectively known as the “Women’s Equality Act” (Assembly Bill No. A08070), that will accord greater protections to women in the workplace. These new laws will take effect 90 days after signing, in January 2016. According to the Governor’s website, this legislation “will help to ensure that…

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In a recent lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court, captioned Guzman et al v. Food 2 Lex LLC d/b/a Maialino Restaurant (Index # 25827/2015E), two workers at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park restaurant Maialino allege that they were terminated and denied reasonable accommodations (including unpaid leave) because of their pregnancy/pregnancy-related illnesses, in violation of the New York…

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In a recent lawsuit captioned Schultz v. Congregation Shearith Israel of the City of New York et al (SDNY, 15-cv-07473, filed 9/22/15), plaintiff alleges that her employer, described in the complaint as “the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States”, fired plaintiff “immediately after learning that when her Orthodox marriage ceremony was performed, she was also…

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In Graciani v. Patients Med., P.C., No. 13-CV-2751 NGG RLM, 2015 WL 5139199 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2015), the court held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to overcome summary judgment on her pregnancy discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. Pregnancy Discrimination In determining that plaintiff established a prima facie case of pregnancy discrimination, the court…

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In Ramsaran v. Booz & Co. (N.A.) Inc., No. 1:14-CV-708-GHW, 2015 WL 5008744 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2015), the Southern District of New York granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s pregnancy discrimination claim. In sum: After a series of documented negative reviews regarding her job performance, Ms. Ramsaran was fired. At the time that…

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