Race/Color Discrimination

In Myers v. Inspector Mary Christine Doherty et al, No. 21 Civ. 219, 2021 WL 5599502 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging a race-based hostile work environment under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the New York City Human Rights Law. The court held that plaintiff’s…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Hostile Looks”, “Castigation”, “Coldness” Bow Tie Remarks Held Insufficient
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In James v. Borough of Manhattan Community College et al, 20-cv-10565, 2021 WL 5567848 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of a race- and age-based hostile work environment. This case aptly illustrates that a “work environment” that might be “hostile” in the ordinary sense is not necessarily a “hostile work…

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In Sanchez v. Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co., 2021 WL 5513509 (5th Cir. Nov. 24, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. After summarizing the “black letter” law, the court applied…

Read More Hostile Work Environment, Based on Race and National Origin, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Pichardo v. Carmine’s Broadway Feast Inc., No. 1467 4, 2021-00050, 2021 WL 5456247 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Nov. 23, 2021), the court, inter alia, held (in part) that summary judgment was improperly granted to defendant on plaintiff’s race/color-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. After concluding that certain aspects…

Read More Race/Color Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives, In Part, Against Carmine’s Restaurant
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In Walker v. Triborough Bridge and Tunnell Authority et al, 2021 WL 5401483 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of race and gender discrimination. This case nicely illustrates a fundamental premise of anti-discrimination law, namely: Discrimination has no place in the workplace. Anti-discrimination laws protect employees when they are subjected…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Abusive Conduct Was Not Connected to Gender or Race
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In Wilson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al, 20-cv-4558, 2021 WL 5179914 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently (i.e., plausibly) alleged a race-based hostile work environment under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Beginning with the City Law, the court explained: [Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint]…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged Against JPMorgan Chase Bank Under the NYS and NYC Human Rights Law
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In Stalling v. FINRA, 21-CV-8390, 2021 WL 5166406 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s “failure to hire” discrimination claim as insufficiently alleged. The court explained the governing law (substantive and procedural) as follows: Title VII provides that “[i]t shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to fail or…

Read More Race and Sex Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against FINRA
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In Lopez v. City of New York, 16-cv-4934, 2021 WL 4893624 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim(s) asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: The plaintiff here does not rely…

Read More Race, National Origin-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Alleged Comments Amounted to “Isolated Incidents of Racial Enmity”
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In Jeanty v. Blue Rhino et al, 21-CV-8326, 2021 WL 4865202 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2021), the court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s employment (race) discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 USC § 1981. In reaching its conclusion, with respect to Title VII, the court explained:…

Read More Race Discrimination (Unpaid Bonus, Termination) Claims Dismissed; Leave to Amend Granted
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In Root v. City University of New York, No. 157151/2020, 2021 WL 4352697 (N.Y. Sup Ct, N.Y. Cty. Sept. 24, 2021) (Amended Sept. 27, 2021), the court held that plaintiff, a white/Caucasian Baruch College professor, sufficiently alleged race discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Plaintiff’s allegations concern a document called…

Read More White Baruch College Professor’s Race Discrimination Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss
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