Public Accommodation Discrimination

In Kouri v Eataly N.Y. LLC, No. 14538, 158476/14, 2021-00047, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 06044, 2021 WL 5113230 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Nov. 04, 2021), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims arising from his ejection from Eataly. As to plaintiff’s public accommodation discrimination claims asserted under the New…

Read More Public Accommodation (Sexual Orientation) Discrimination Case Proceeds Against Eataly NY LLC
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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 November 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an update to New York’s anti-SLAPP law that expands the rights and protections of defendants in lawsuits based on their right to free speech. “SLAPP” is an acronym for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” While New York had an anti-SLAPP law on the books for…

Read More Court Applies NY’s Recently-Enhanced Anti-SLAPP Law to Dismiss Defamation Claim Asserted By Queens Doctor
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In Crandall v. Equinox Holdings, Inc., No. 157373/2018, 2021 WL 1253808, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 31063(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 05, 2021), a sexual assault case, the court ruled on the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery. The court summarized the facts, and plaintiff’s motion, as follows: In this case, plaintiff alleges that…

Read More Sexual Assault Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Granted in Part
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In Di Mauro v. Equinox Holdings, Inc., No. 162189/2019, 2021 WL 698917, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30498(U), 2–3 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 22, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of public accommodation discrimination against Equinox Holdings. The court summarized the facts as follows: This action arises out of an altercation…

Read More Court Dismisses Gym Member’s Public Accommodation Sexual Harassment Claim Against Equinox
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In Petty v. The Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C., No. 155468/2015, 2020 WL 7011753, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 33908(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, N.Y. Cty. Nov. 25, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s public accommodation discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In sum, plaintiff – a prospective client of…

Read More Law Firm Was a “Place of Public Accommodation”, but Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Stanley v. City of New York et al, No. 151098/2020, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 20353, 2020 WL 7776484 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims arising from the City’s alleged failure to comply with decedent’s desire for plaintiff to control the disposition…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Claim, Arising From Disposition of Transgender Muslim Man’s Remains, Survives Dismissal
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The New York City Commission on Human Rights is apparently investigating an incident in which a white woman (Amy Cooper) called the NYPD on a black man (Christian Cooper) after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. The NYC Commission on Human Rights enforces the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL),…

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The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently announced the formation of a COVID-19 Response Team to address and ameliorate increased harassment and discrimination related to the virus. From the press release: Since February, the agency has recorded 248 reports of harassment and discrimination related to COVID-19, over 40% (105) of which identify incidents…

Read More NYC Commission on Human Rights Forms COVID-19 Response Team to Address Increased Virus-Related Harassment and Discrimination
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In recent news, it has been reported that a bank called the police on a black Michigan man because it suspected fraud, upon his attempt to deposit checks – resulting from the settlement of a racial discrimination lawsuit. He is now suing the bank for engaging in race discrimination in a place of public accommodation.

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