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The New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have reached an agreement on legislation that would provide emergency paid sick time in response to the coronavirus / COVID-19 (available immediately) and permanent statewide paid sick time rights (beginning January 2021). The details of the legislation are summarized in a fact sheet issued by A Better…

Read More NY Paid Sick Leave Agreement Reached in Light of Coronavirus / COVID-19

A recent decision, Brouillard v Sunrun, Inc., No. 518516-2019, 2020 WL 998990, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30663(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 26, 2020), illustrates the difference between the New York State Human Rights Law and the comparatively broader New York City Human Rights Law – here, specifically, in the context of a claim…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Arising From Medical Marijuana User Status Sufficiently Alleged Under City, But Not State, Law

A recent decision, Ellis v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 1166056 (S.D.N.Y. March 11, 2020), illustrates that in order to properly plead a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, merely invoking the words “abuse” and “hostile” to describe one’s work situation is not enough.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Insufficiently Alleged Against NYC Department of Education, Court Holds

In Morales v. City of New York, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center et al, 2020 WL 1150136 (S.D.N.Y. March 10, 2020), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation that defendants’ motions to dismiss plaintiff’s aiding and abetting discrimination and hostile work environment sexual harassment and retaliation. This case…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims Survive Dismissal

In Wang v. Air China Limited and LB Oceanfront Corp., 17-CV-6662, 2020 WL 1140458 (E.D.N.Y. March 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim. From the decision: After assessing the totality of the alleged conduct, the relevant factors, and the Second Circuit’s caution against “setting the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment

In Pignone v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 2020 WL 1140509 (N.D.N.Y. March 9, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, finding that there was no act committed by defendant within the relevant statute of limitations (here, three years under the New York State Human Rights Law). (while the court denied defendant’s motion to…

Read More Court Dismisses Hostile Work Environment Claim Against UPS on Statute of Limitations Grounds

In Green v. Town of East Haven, 2020 WL 1146687 (2d Cir. March 10, 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated a district court’s order grantinf defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) under a theory of…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Revived from Summary Judgment Dismissal

In EEOC v. United Health Programs of America, Inc. and Cost Containment Group, Inc., 14-CV-3673, 2020 WL 1083771 (EDNY March 6, 2020), the court, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs, who alleged that they were subjected to a religious discrimination and a religion-based hostile work environment in violation of Title VII…

Read More Religion-Based Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Jury Verdict for Plaintiff Upheld

In Triana v. NYC Health & Hospitals, No. 152276/2019, 2020 NY Slip Op 30605(U), 2020 WL 1031379 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Feb. 20, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims asserted under 42 USC §§ 1981 and 1983 and the New York City Human Rights Law. The court…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Accent Comments Held Insufficient