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In Brooks v. Prevention Point, No. 20-06379, 2021 WL 6125205 (E.D.Pa. Dec. 28, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged his claims of race discrimination. The court explained that, in order to make out a prima facie case of discrimination, plaintiff was required to show four elements, namely, that he “(1) is…

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… of 2021, is as follows: It has been quite a year; our first “full” one enduring the COVID-19 pandemic and the seemingly permanent changes it has wrought affecting, for example, (1) employment laws affecting the workplaces – and, necessarily, lives – of working New Yorkers (including vaccine and masking requirements), and (2) the initiation…

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In Roxanne Mongillo et al. v. Town Fair Tire Centers, Inc., NNHCV206107390, 2021 WL 5911661 (Conn. Super. Dec. 6, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to strike plaintiff’s claim of disability-based hostile work environment. From the decision: The plaintiff’s allegations of repeated verbal and physical abuse, when considered cumulatively, are sufficiently frequent, severe,…

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In Petty v. Law Off. of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C., 2021 NY Slip Op 07527 (N.Y. App. Div. 1 Dept. Dec. 28, 2021), the court reversed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender-based public accommodation discrimination claim, asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: In this case, plaintiff made a…

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New York is an “at will employment” state. In Winiarski v. Butler, 2021 NY Slip Op 07534 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 28, 2021), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s tort claims allegedly arising from plaintiff’s termination. It explained: New York does not recognize the tort of wrongful discharge for at-will employees, and…

Read More Terminated At-Will Employee’s Defamation, Tortious Interference Claims Properly Dismissed
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In Qorrolli v. Metropolitan Dental Associates, D.D.S. – 225 Broadway, P.C. et al, No. 18-cv-6836, 2021 WL 6064520 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 22, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment (sexual harassment) claims. Plaintiff (a dental hygienist) asserts, in sum and among other things, that the male…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Dental Practice
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In Diresta v. Biz2Credit Inc. et al, 21-cv-208, 2021 WL 6052104 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. From the decision: The Amended Complaint does not allege facts that either provide “minimal support for the proposition that the…

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Let’s say, hypothetically, you are a burglar and decide to target a particular house owned by a family that will be away (overseas) for the Christmas holiday – i.e., for at least a week, without any indication that any of the family (let alone their 8 year-old son) is left Home Alone. So you and…

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In Coston v. Product Movers, 1990 WL 56516 (E.D.Pa. 1990), a copyright infringement action, the court held that the “idea of Santa Claus” is not protectible, and additionally provides us, via the legal mechanism of “judicial notice”, the following historical background: Pursuant to Fed.R.Evid. 201, I take judicial notice of the fact that Santa Claus…

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It’s December 23rd, a/k/a Christmas Eve Eve, a/k/a Festivus. So Happy Festivus! Festivus is a non-commercial holiday, begun in 1966 and celebrated on December 23, as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas/holiday season. A key component of the holiday is the “Airing of Grievances,” which takes place right after Festivus dinner…

Read More Air Your Grievances: Festivus and Discrimination
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