Race/Color Discrimination

In a recent decision, Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media, 2020 WL 1325816 (U.S. March 23, 2020) (Gorsuch, J.), the U.S. Supreme Court held that 42 U.S.C. § 1981 – a federal statute that prohibits race discrimination in the making and enforcement of contracts – is subject to the “ordinary” tort rule…

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In Montgomery v. New York City Transit Authority, 2020 WL 1313184 (2d Cir. March 18, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Discrimination Claims Against the NYC Transit Authority; Rejects “Coded Language” Theory

In Kiraka v. M&T Bank, 2020 WL 1285632 (N.D.N.Y. March 18, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the black-letter law regarding such claims, the court explained: [Plaintiff] fails to state a plausible claim under Title VII. ……

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Allegations, Including Mocking of Accent, Held Insufficient

It has been reported (see, e.g., here and here) that Chinese and Asian American persons are experiencing hardships and discrimination relating to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Such discrimination – which can arise in several contexts, such as employment, housing, education, and places of public accommodation – may be actionable under federal, state,…

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In Cunningham v. New York Junior Tennis League, Inc., 18-CV-1743, 2020 WL 916964 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims. After summarizing the legal standards for hostile work environment claims under federal, state, and city law, the court applied the law…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Relate to the Neighborhood” Comment Deemed Insufficient

From Ajoku v New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, No. 159104/18, 2020 WL 886160, at *4 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 20, 2020): [T]he court declines to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim against OTDA and Contento. A racially hostile work environment exists under the NYSHRL “[w]hen the workplace is permeated…

Read More Nigerian Man’s Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal

In Nelson v. New York City Tr. Auth., 2020 NY Slip Op 00671 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 30, 2020), the court unanimously affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. From the decision: Defendants New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) and Metropolitan Transit Authority Bus Company (MTA) failed…

Read More Race/Gender Discrimination Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against the NYC Transit Authority

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

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…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged by Hispanic Plaintiff

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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