Race/Color Discrimination

In Blanchard v. Tulane University, Civil Action No. 22-260, 2022 WL 13733195 (E.D.La. Oct. 21, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Here is the court’s analysis of that issue: Defendant…

Read More Race-Based Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Survives Motion to Dismiss Against Tulane University
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In Marseille v. Mount Sinai Hospital, No. 21-2140, 2022 WL 14700981 (2d Cir. Oct. 26, 2022), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination claims asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Under the NYCHRL, it is unlawful for an employer, “because of the actual or perceived” age,…

Read More Race Discrimination Complaint Dismissal Affirmed; Reference to “Aggressive” Tone Did Not Evidence Discriminatory Animus
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In Leroy v. Delta Air Lines, 2022 WL 12144507 (2d Cir. Oct. 21, 2022), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff alleges that, while working as a flight attendant for Delta, she was subjected to drug testing, wrongfully suspended,…

Read More Flight Attendant’s Retaliation Claim, Based on Airline’s Report of Racist Remark By Passenger, Properly Dismissed
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In Belvin et al v. Electchester Management, LLC, 2022 WL 10586743 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2022) – in which plaintiffs assert claims of, inter alia, hostile work environment – the court ruled on various motions in limine filed by the parties. In one motion, defendant asked the court to preclude testimony from two nonparty employees of defendant…

Read More Other-Employee Harassment Relevant to Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Holds
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In Alhaj v New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, No. 501052/2016, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 22318, 2022 WL 7256572 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. Oct. 10, 2022), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race, national origin, and religion-based discrimination claims. From the decision: This court finds that Chaikin’s comment that…

Read More Citing 9/11 Comment, Court Denies Summary Judgment on Discrimination Claim Asserted by Syrian Muslim Plaintiff
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In Santiago v. Acacia Network, Inc. et al, 2022 WL 6775835 (S.D.N.Y. October 10, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim(s) asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The plaintiff also argues that the defendants fostered a hostile work environment in violation…

Read More Hostile Work Environment & Pay Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Acacia Network, Court Rules
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Employment discrimination claims are often difficult to assert, since it is not necessarily true that every wrong visited upon an employee will give rise to an actionable legal claim. Consider, for example, an African American employee’s discovery of a “noose” – either made out of a rope or fashioned out of work materials – in…

Read More Noose Incident Insufficient to Survive Summary Judgment on Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim
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In Holston v. Janet Yellen, Secretary of Treasury, No. 20-3533, 2022 WL 4355289 (D.D.C. Sept. 20, 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. After outlining the plaintiff’s allegations, the court explained: Taking the allegations described…

Read More Federal Employee’s Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal
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In Prude v. Logistics One Transport, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-0674, 2022 WL 4120266 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 9, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal; “Banana” Incident Was, in Context, Sufficiently “Severe”
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In Werahera v. Regents of University of Colorado, No. 21-cv-02776-NYW, 2022 WL 3645979 (D.Colo. August 24, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After explaining the “black letter” law and elements of this claim, the…

Read More Religion and National Origin Discrimination Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss Against Regents of the University of Colorado
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