Public Accommodation Discrimination

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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In Roberman v. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Holdings, LLC, No. 508293/2019, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 20013, 2020 WL 253372 (NY Sup Ct, Kings Cty. Jan. 13, 2020), the court held that plaintiff – a hearing-impaired individual – did not state a claim for disability discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. Plaintiff alleged, in…

Read More Public Accommodation Discrimination Lawsuit Against Movie Theater Dismissed
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Sixty-four years ago, on December 1, 1955, a 42-year-old woman named Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus en route home from a department store where she worked as a seamstress. Ms. Parks defied a directive from the bus driver to vacate her seat so that white passengers boarding the bus could sit; her…

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From Solomon v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al, 2019 WL 2601794 (E.D.N.Y., 2019): Solomon “seeks permission to amend his complaint to add counts of discrimination on account of gender in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and of a denial to his right of access to a place of public accommodation…

Read More Whole Foods Customer Ban Upheld; Motion to Add Title II Gender-Based Public Accommodation Claim Denied on Ground of Futility
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