Sex / Gender Discrimination

In Bills v. WVNH Emp, LLC, 2022 WL 17365256 (S.D.W.Va. Dec. 1, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing her claim of wrongful termination asserted under the West Virginia Human Rights Act (WVHRA). From the decision: Unlike most wrongful termination cases, there is no dispute here as to why the Defendants terminated…

Read More Nursing Assistant’s Smacking Alleged Groping Patient’s Hands Was Not “Protected Activity” For Sexual Harassment / Retaliation Claim, Court Holds
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In Matthews v. New Light, Inc., Civil Action No. 22-427, 2022 WL 11966542 (W.D.Pa. October 20, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act, on the ground that plaintiff’s claimed medical condition, pregnancy, is not a “disability” within the meaning of that statute. From the decision: Here,…

Read More Court Dismisses ADA Discrimination Claim; Uncomplicated Pregnancy Was Not a “Disability” Under the Statute
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In a recent case, Martino v. Chenel Capital, LLC et al, No. 154267/2022, 2022 WL 16743358 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 02, 2022), the court granted plaintiff’s motion for a default judgment against defendants. This decision provides some insight into the nuts-and-bolts of obtaining a default judgment, following the defendants’ failure to answer…

Read More Sexual Harassment Default Judgment Issued; Liability and Damages to be Determined at Inquest
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In Hester v. Board of Education of Prince George’s Cnty., Civil Action No. TDC-22-0128, 2022 WL 7088293 (D.Md. October 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of a sex-based hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As to whether the alleged…

Read More Teacher’s Title VII Sex/Sexual Orientation-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal
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In Edelman v. NYU Langone Health System, 21 Civ. 502 (LGS), 2022 WL 4537972 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of sex-based discrimination asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Summary judgment is denied on one branch of Plaintiff’s…

Read More City Law Sex Discrimination Claim, Based on Alleged Sexist Remarks Including Being Told to “Smile More”, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Edelman v. NYU Langone Health System, 21 Civ. 502 (LGS), 2022 WL 4537972 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In reaching its decision, the court applied the well-established McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting analysis…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Arising From Complaint About Sex Discrimination, Survives Summary Judgment Against NYU Langone Health System
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In Butler v. Ford Motor Company, 2022 WL 4448724 (N.D.Ill. Sept. 23, 2022), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. In sum, plaintiff alleges that her co-worker yelled in her face, “You bitches on this line be tweaking!”. This decision teaches that not every utterance of an offensive, sex-based term will give…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Co-Worker’s One-Time Use of “Offensive and Odious” Term “Bitches” Deemed Insufficient by Court
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In Torres v. Pasco County, Florida, 2022 WL 7125207 (M.D.Fla. Oct. 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this case, Plaintiff claims that she was subject to unwelcome sexual harassment through “cat calls.” However, Plaintiff offers…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed; Alleged “Cat Calls” Insufficient
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In Lum v. Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y., Inc., 2022 NY Slip Op 05594 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 6, 2022), the court modified a lower court order to reinstate plaintiff’s claims for national origin discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, and for sexual harassment under the New York City Human…

Read More National Origin, Sexual Harassment Claims Reinstated Against Con Edison
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In Zaja v. SUNY Upstate Medical University/Upstate Healthcare Center, 5:20-CV-337 (MAD/TWD), 2022 WL 4465498 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (The court did, however, deny defendant’s motion for…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; While Sex-Based Conduct Was “Severe”, There Was No Basis For Imputing Conduct to Defendant
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