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In Trail v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, 17-cv-7273, 2020 WL 5504277 (SDNY Sept. 10, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disparate treatment discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, relating to his claim that he suffered an “adverse…

Read More Harsher Punishment For Workplace Altercation Creates Issue of Fact as to Pretext; Summary Judgment Denied on Employment Discrimination Claim
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In Parneros v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2020 WL 5350531 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that Barnes & Noble violated the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by firing him mere days before the equity payment for the prior year, when he served…

Read More Barnes & Noble CEO May Proceed on Claim of Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
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In Padilla v. Sacks and Sacks, LLP, 2020 WL 5370799 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, wrongful discharge, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff, a gay Hispanic woman, was employed by defendant as a paralegal. After dismissing plaintiff’s…

Read More Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Allegations Did Not Make Out Claim For Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
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In Mascaro v. Brant Publications, Inc., No. 152662/2019, 2020 WL 5229247 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 28, 2020) – in which plaintiff asserts claims for age and disability discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law – the court denied plaintiff’s motion (pursuant to CPLR 3124 and 3126) to compel responses to…

Read More Pre-Preliminary Conference Discovery Motion Denied in Age/Disability Discrimination Case
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In Moccia v. Saul, 2020 WL 5406412 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Plaintiff here argued that the district court abused its discretion when it denied her request, pursuant to…

Read More Age Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Alleged Lack of Discovery Notwithstanding
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In Lapko v. Grand Market Intern. Corp., No. 514403/2019, 2020 WL 4818702, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 32711(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Aug. 12, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.[1]The court…

Read More “Regional” National Origin Discrimination Claim Dismissed Under Title VII and NYS Human Rights Law
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In Lapko v. Grand Market Intern. Corp., No. 514403/2019, 2020 WL 4818702, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 32711(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Aug. 12, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of national origin “discrimination by association” claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision:…

Read More National Origin Discrimination Claim, Based on Association With Russian Persons, Sufficiently Alleged Under NYC Human Rights Law
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In Woodard v. Reliance Worldwide Corp. (2d Cir. Sept. 3, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for breach of an employment contract and the alleged entitlement to a $500,000 bonus. Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: Woodard’s employment with John Guest USA was governed by an executive…

Read More $500,000 Bonus Not Obtainable Via Implied Covenant of Good Faith & Fair Dealing
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In a recent case, Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 19-cv-2142 (7th Cir. August 31, 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that plaintiff’s sexual-orientation based hostile work environment claim was not barred by the “ministerial exception”. From the decision: The ministerial exception is a matter of constitutional law, not…

Read More 7th Circuit: Hostile Work Environment Claim Not Barred by “Ministerial Exception”
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In Kuperman v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 5123398 (S.D.N.Y. August 28, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race and religion-based claims of discrimination against the New York City Department of Education, finding that the NYCDOE was not a proper party. From the decision: Plaintiff’s claims against the New York City Department of…

Read More Race/Religion Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYC Department of Education; NYCDOE Not Proper Party
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