Whistleblower Law

In Kilcullen v. The New York and Presbyterian Hosp., No. 650470/2015, 2020 WL 4048130 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County July 15, 2020), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s claims of retaliatory discharge in violation of New York’s whistleblower laws (Labor Law 740, 741), as well as constructive discharge. In…

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Citing a recent amendment to New York’s “whistleblower law”, Labor Law 740, the court in Zhou v. Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corp. et al, 2020 WL 3574631 (W.D.N.Y. July 1, 2020), rejected defendants’ argument that plaintiff’s discriminatory termination claims were “waived” by assertion of a claim under that statute. From the decision: The Court recommends…

Read More Court Rejects Argument That Assertion of State Law Whistleblower Claim Waives Discriminatory Termination Claims
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It was recently reported that Amazon terminated a Staten Island-based warehouse employee after he participated in a worker walkout protesting the company’s response to apparent incidents of coronavirus in the facility. New York’s Attorney General is looking into whether this constitutes unlawful retaliation. (See also, Law360, March 30, 2020, “Amazon, Instacart Workers Strike Over COVID-19…

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From Deutsch v. City of New York Dept. of Envtl. Protection, 2019 NY Slip Op 30063(U), Index 161139/2017 (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Jan. 7, 2019): Furthermore, none of the complaint allegations suggest that plaintiff complained about something that his employer was doing that would fall into the category of creating and presenting a danger to the public health…

Read More Whistleblower (Labor Law 740) Claim Dismissed Against NYC DEP
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From Coyle v. College of Westchester, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07699, 2018 NY Slip Op 07699 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Nov. 14, 2014): We agree with the Supreme Court’s determination to grant that branch of the defendants’ motion which was to dismiss the cause of action alleging violation of Labor Law § 740, commonly known as…

Read More Court Affirms Dismissal of Labor Law 740 Whistleblower Law Claim
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From D’Antonio v. Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York et al, 17-cv-1221, 2018 WL 1385897 (E.D.N.Y. March 19, 2018): This Court is persuaded by Judge Lynch’s reasoning in Collette, and based on the facts presented in this case, holds that Plaintiff’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims under Title VII and Section…

Read More NY Whistleblower Law’s Election-of-Remedies Provision Does Not Preclude Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation Claims, Court Holds
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In Ryan v. New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., 2017 NY Slip Op 32627(U) (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Index 152457 /17 Dec. 15, 2017), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s New York Labor Law 740 whistleblower claim. This action arose from an incident in which plaintiff was “attacked and forcibly pushed” by another employee, resulting in…

Read More Whistleblower Claim Dismissed; Workplace Violence Was Not a “Public Hazard”
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In Ada Damla Demir, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Sandoz Inc., et al., Defendants-Appellants., 2017 WL 5328744 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 14, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged violations of New York’s Whistleblower Law (Labor Law 740) and employment discrimination claim (under the New York State Human Rights Law). Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s Whistleblower…

Read More Whistleblower, Discrimination, and Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Dismissal
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In Mehulic v. New York Downtown Hosp., 2017 NY Slip Op 06416 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 12, 2017), the court reversed the trial court’s Order granting defendant summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim under Labor Law § 741 on the ground of collateral estoppel. From the decision: However, the motion court erred in finding that plaintiff’s…

Read More Whistleblower (NY Labor Law § 741) Retaliation Claim Survives Summary Judgment; OPMC Rulings Did Not Operate as Collateral Estoppel
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In Ruiz v. Lenox Hill Hosp., No. 160377/15, 2017 WL 213802 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 19, 2017), the First Department affirmed (in part) a lower court’s decision addressing plaintiff’s claims under New York’s general and health-care whistleblower laws (N.Y. Labor Law §§ 740 and 741) Here are plaintiff’s allegations, as summarized by the court:…

Read More Surgeon’s Whistleblower Claim Survives Dismissal
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