Gender Discrimination

In Chang v. Arroyave, No. 55459/2020, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 50910(U), 2020 WL 4690002 (Sup Ct Westchester Cty Aug. 12, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s defamation claim. The court summarized the facts as follows: On or about April 2, 2020, attorneys for Sonia Arroyava issued a letter for settlement purposes only…

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In Barton et al v. Warren County et al, 2020 WL 4569465 (N.D.N.Y. August 7, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiffs’ gender/pregnancy-based hostile work environment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1]Here, for the sake of narrowing the discussion, I’ll discuss the court’s evaluation of the claims asserted by…

Read More Pregnancy-Related Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Three Alleged Remarks in One-Month Period Insufficiently “Severe” or “Pervasive”
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In Farmer v. Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC et al, 2020 WL 4194860 (S.D.N.Y. July 21, 2020) (J. Engelmayer), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human…

Read More Gender/Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Proceed Against Shake Shack et al
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In Benedetto v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 2020 WL 4049945 (N.D.N.Y. July 20, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate treatment gender discrimination claim, on the ground that plaintiff did not suffer an “adverse employment action.” (The court also denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s…

Read More Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “Less Desirable Shifts” Did Not Constitute an “Adverse Employment Action”
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In Benedetto v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 2020 WL 4049945 (N.D.N.Y. July 20, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. From the decision:…

Read More Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Stated; Allegations Included Use of “Gender-Based Slurs”
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From Basora-Jacobs v. Palevsky, 2020 WL 3868710 (E.D.N.Y. July 9, 2020): [Plaintiff’s] complaint does not state sufficient facts to support a Title VII claim against Plaintiff’s employer. “A plaintiff asserting a Title VII discrimination claim must allege facts showing that “(1) the employer took adverse action against h[er] and (2) h[er] race, color, religion, sex…

Read More Title VII Discrimination Complaint Dismissed; No Facts Alleged to Suggest That Termination or Retaliation Was Done For Discriminatory Reason
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In Hernandez v. Premium Merchant Funding One, LLC et al, 2020 WL 3962108 (S.D.N.Y. July 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court found that certain “despicable if true” actions were…

Read More Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment (Title VII) Claim Survives Dismissal; Some Alleged Conduct Not “Pervasive” But Alleged Touching/Grabbing Was “Severe”
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In DeMuth v. United States Small Business Administration, 2020 WL 3721115 (2d Cir. July 7, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court concisely summarized the well-established legal framework for evaluating…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Gender Discrimination Claim; Pretext Not Shown
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In Jarusauskaite v. Almod Diamonds, Ltd., No. 154732/2019, 2020 WL 3618936 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim against the entity defendant’s Board of Directors, based on the alleged harassment by an individual. From the decision: To sustain a hostile work environment…

Read More Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against Board of Directors
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In Smith v. Global Contact Holding Co., No. 156087/2019, 2020 WL 3485542 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination based on his “gender identify” under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Here, plaintiff has alleged that he…

Read More “Gender Identity” Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal Under the NYS and NYC Human Rights Laws
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