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Here is plaintiff Ivana Hidalgo’s disability discrimination complaint, captioned Hidalgo v. B&B Hospitality Group LLC (SDNY 13-cv-6402 filed 9/12/13) against B&B Hospitality Group LLC and others. Plaintiff claims that defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law by failing to reasonably accommodate her disability – an inequality in the lengths of her…

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New York State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced legislation (Bill No. S05951) that will “[p]rovide certain civil rights protections for interns.”   It was motivated by a recent court decision, Wang v. Phoenix, which held that unpaid interns are not protected by the New York City Human Rights Law. (It is interesting that state intern-protection legislation would…

Read More State Senator Introduces Intern-Protective Legislation
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In Sandiford v. City of New York Dept. of Education the New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) yesterday, Oct. 17, 2013, affirmed the Appellate Division’s order permitting plaintiff’s sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws to proceed. The Court of Appeals decision is rather terse; for…

Read More Teacher May Continue Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Retaliation Claims
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In Seubert v. Deluty, a Nassau County judge awarded, after an inquest following defendant’s default, damages to compensate plaintiff for sexual harassment she suffered while employed as a part-time dental assistant and receptionist for defendant dentist. It also set aside a transfer of property from defendant dentist to his wife as a fraudulent conveyance. Plaintiff alleged that defendant…

Read More Dental Assistant Awarded Damages in Sexual Harassment Suit
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Below and here is the complaint, captioned Pino v. Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. et al., 13-CV-5022, filed by a female factory worker against Brooks Brothers and related entities in the Eastern District of New York. Plaintiff asserts claims of gender discrimination, race discrimination, national origin discrimination, and retaliation. Among other things, plaintiff alleges that her supervisor and…

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A recent federal court decision illustrates the rights that tenants, particularly those in New York City, have against discrimination outside the employment context. In Ponce v. 480 East 21st Street LLC, the court held that plaintiff stated a sex discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law, and retaliation claims under that statute…

Read More Tenant States Claims Under the Fair Housing Act and New York City Human Rights Law Following Sexual Harassment By Superintendent
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In Garrett v. City of New York, the New York Supreme Court (NY County) recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case illustrates the extent to which illness-related absences from work may constitute a “reasonable accommodation”. Plaintiff alleged that…

Read More Absences and Failure to File Notice of Claim Doom Disability Discrimination Suit Against City of New York
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In Wingfield v. Rochester School for the Deaf, the Western District of New York recently clarified that not all employment decisions that affect employees at work are “employment actions” sufficient to support a claim of employment discrimination. In Wingfield, plaintiff and her ex-husband worked at defendant. Following an altercation, family court issued a temporary order of…

Read More All Actions Affecting Workers Are Not Necessarily “Employment Actions” For Purposes of the Discrimination Laws
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In Brandt v. Zahner, decided Oct. 9, 2013, the Appellate Division, Second Department reversed summary judgment for defendant driver, thereby reinstating plaintiff pedestrian’s claims. Plaintiff claimed he was ” injured when, after crossing the westbound lane of I.U. Willets Road in Nassau County, he was struck by a vehicle driven by the defendant in the eastbound…

Read More Plaintiff Pedestrian’s Lawsuit Continues; Defendant Driver Did Not See Plaintiff Prior to Contact
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