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In Babbitt v. Koeppel Nissan, Inc., 2020 WL 3183895 (E.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendants’ counterclaim asserting that plaintiff violated the “faithless servant doctrine.” Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that defendants subjected her to sex discrimination and retaliation. The court explained the applicable law: Under the faithless servant doctrine, “[o]ne who…

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In Kornmann v. City of New York Business Integrity Commission, 2020 WL 3165537 (E.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination. From the decision: For purposes of this motion, defendants do not dispute that plaintiff has satisfied the first three factors…

Read More Disability Discrimination Case Survives Summary Judgment Against City of New York Business Integrity Commission
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In Morales v. Triborough Podiatry, P.C., No. 2019-03110, 521586/18, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 03408, 2020 WL 3261059 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. June 17, 2020), the Second Department reversed the lower court’s order denying defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging race and sex discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The…

Read More Discrimination Complaint Should Have Been Dismissed; Employment Refusal Preceded Communication of Employment Decision
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In White v. WeWork Companies, Inc., 20-cv-1800, 2020 WL 3099969 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s discrimination claims. In reaching this determination, the court considered the application of the relatively recently-enacted Section 7515 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, which (among other…

Read More Court Finds Employment Discrimination Claims Must Be Arbitrated, Notwithstanding CPLR 7515
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Today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended that enslaved persons were now free. This was, notably, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation (which became official on January 1, 1863). Juneteenth…

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In a recent update to its “What You Should Know” segment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that, under the ADA, an employer may not require antibody testing before permitting employees to re-enter the workplace. It wrote: An antibody test constitutes a medical examination under the ADA. In light of CDC’s Interim Guidelines that…

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In Shukla v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, 2020 WL 3181785 (S.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race/national origin discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court also dismissed several of plaintiff’s other claims, including his gender, race and national origin discrimination claims under Title VII, Section…

Read More Citing “Expendable Indian” Comment, Court Finds Plaintiff Plausibly Alleged Race/National Origin Discrimination Claim Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Sanderson v. Leg Apparel et al, 2020 WL 3100256 (SDNY June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. (I addressed the court’s…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges Sexual Orientation Discrimination Against Leg Apparel et al
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Today, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-1618 (June 15, 2020) (J. Gorsuch),[1]This case was decided together with Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623 (Second Circuit) and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 18-107 (Sixth Circuit). the U.S. Supreme Court held that the prohibition of discrimination based on “sex”…

Read More U.S. Supreme Court Rules 6-3 That Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status
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In Sanderson v. Leg Apparel et al, 2020 WL 3100256 (SDNY June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Leg Apparel et al
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