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In Gibbs v. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General of the Unites States Postal Service, 2021 WL 3661277 (D.N.J. Aug. 18, 2021), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to the interpretation and application of…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Threat (and Settlement) of Sexual Harassment Claim May Qualify as Protected “Opposition”
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In Wolfe v. Carter’s, Inc., 19-cv-560, 2021 WL 3562911 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 11, 2021), the court recommended the dismissal of plaintiff’s “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment” sexual harassment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case is instructive regarding, for example, the circumstances under which “requests for…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissal Recommended; Invitations Did Not Amount to “Unwelcome” Conduct Comprising “Sexual Advances or Favors”
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In Maner v. Dignity Health, 18-17159, 2021 WL 3699780 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964, on a “paramour preference” theory. From the decision: In this appeal,…

Read More Ninth Circuit Rejects “Paramour Preference” Theory of Title VII Sex Discrimination Claims
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In Lee v. Engel Burman Grande Care at Jericho, LLC, et al, 20-CV-3093, 2021 WL 3725986 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2021), the court granted defendants’ motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims, and stayed the action pending the outcome of arbitration. Specifically, the court rejected plaintiff’s arguments seeking to avoid arbitration on the grounds…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claims Stayed Pending Arbitration
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In Villella v. City of Lockport, 17-CV-898S, 2021 WL 3726103 (W.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim, based on a “sex stereotyping” theory. From the decision: Plaintiff objects to one of Mayor McCaffrey’s reasons for rejecting her for the Assessor position because the Mayor did not believe Plaintiff was…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “Not a Team Player” Comment Did Not Evidence “Sex Stereotyping”
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In Peck v. County of Onondaga et al, 21-CV-651, 2021 WL 3710546 (N.D.N.Y. Aug. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim as insufficiently pled. From the decision: Peck’s allegations of gender discrimination are stronger [than her dismissed religious discrimination claim], but not by enough. The sum total of the specific allegations…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Insufficiently Alleged Against Onondaga County et al
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In Ahmad v. Colin Day, et al, 20 Civ. 4507, 2021 WL 3700552 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 20, 2021), the court denied the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination. In sum, plaintiff asserts that his former employer and two individual defendants discriminated against him because of his race, color, religion and national…

Read More Motion to Compel Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims Denied; Claims Did Not “Arise Out Of” Confidentiality Agreement
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In Sutton v. Stony Brook University et al, 18-cv-7434, 2021 WL 3667013 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.[1]Plaintiff also alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution pursuant…

Read More Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed Against Stony Brook University
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Today, August 20, 2021, New York’s Governor signed a new law, S858, which closes a loophole in New York’s Labor Law relating to wage theft. Specifically, the law amends New York Labor Law sections 193 and 198. Previously, the law prevented certain “deductions.” However, there was ambiguity as to whether a complete failure to pay…

Read More NY Governor Signs Bill Closing “Wage Theft” Loophole
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In Roberts v. The Sage Corporation et al, 20-cv-365, 2021 WL 3617670 (NDNY Aug. 16, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In contrast to Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims, hostile work environment claims involve a…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Post-Employment Conduct Not Actionable
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