Race/Color Discrimination

In Turner v. Copeland Group USA Inc, 2022 WL 1508446 (S.D.Tex. May 10, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the relevant facts as follows: Plaintiffs Vanessa La Barrie and Celmira Turner…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim, While Based on “Scant” Allegations, Survived Dismissal
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On May 17, 1954, in Brown v. Board of Ed. of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” (announced by the Court in Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 16 S.Ct. 1138 (1896)), as applied to public schoolchildren, was inconsistent with the Fourteenth Amendment’s…

Read More On This Day: Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
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In Wallace v. Crab House, Inc. et al, 21-cv-5757 (LJL), 2022 WL 1501089 (S.D.N.Y. May 12, 2022), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination and hostile work environment asserted under federal, state, and local law. In sum, plaintiff (who is African American) alleges that he and two employees of Hispanic descent were treated differently…

Read More Federal (42 U.S.C. § 1981) Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Accusations of Tip Theft Etc. Insufficient
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In Nyambi v. Delta Airlines, Inc., No. 2:21-cv-00369-JHC, 2022 WL 1443741 (W.D.Wash. May 6, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Assuming Plaintiff pleaded a hostile work environment claim, he fails to…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Single “Stupid African” Remark Insufficiently “Severe”
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In Durand v. Shull, 2022 WL 1184041 (10th Cir. April 21, 2022), the Tenth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s application of qualified immunity to grant defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. In sum, plaintiff – a Black female who worked as a Youth Services Specialist at a juvenile detention…

Read More Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim; Cites Relevance of Prison Context
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In Miller v. New York State Police et al, 2022 WL 1133010 (2d Cir. April 18, 2022), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the lower court’s dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the well-established black-letter law of hostile work environment claims, the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; Alleged 12 Incidents Over 3 Years Insufficient
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In Davis v. Elwyn, Inc., 20-cv-05798, 2022 WL 970842 (E.D.Pa. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff, who worked as a Mental Health Program Specialist for defendant, alleged that defendant subjected her to a hostile work environment…

Read More Sex/Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Mental Health Specialist Did Not Suffer “Objectively” Hostile Environment Resulting From Patient’s Alleged Harassment
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In Sherman v. Kendall, CIV-21-484-F, 2022 WL 1094617 (W.D.Okla. April 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Upon review, the court again concludes that Sherman has failed to…

Read More Lack of Racial Motivation Dooms Hostile Work Environment, Constructive Discharge Claims
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In Blackmore v. Fossner Timepieces Clock Shop, Inc., No. 159279/2021, 2022 WL 912138 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 29, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, arising (in sum) from smoking, and alleged sexist and racist comments, in the workplace. This case illustrates the incredibly high…

Read More Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim, Arising From Alleged Smoking and Racist/Sexist Comments at Work, Dismissed
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In Kinwing (Ricky) Kwong v. The City of New York et al., No. 152932/13, 15574, 2021-00645, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 02342, 2022 WL 1038073 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Apr. 07, 2022), the court, inter alia, affirmed the lower court’s denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims. From the decision: The…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims, Based on Mocking of Accent, May Proceed
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