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A recent Second Circuit decision, Albert-Roberts v. GGG Construction (Summary Order), illustrates that the workplace utterance of even the most arguably vile racial slur (“nigger”) is not necessarily sufficient to support a hostile work environment claim. Plaintiff, who was employed by GGG as a part-time, nighttime office cleaner, alleged that she was subjected to a hostile…

Read More Co-Worker’s Use of Racial Slur Did Not Support Hostile Work Environment Claim; Timing of Outsourcing Decision Resulted in Dismissal of Retaliation Claim
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In Huertas v. UPS, plaintiff (a TJ Maxx employee) sued United Parcel Service (UPS) for injuries sustained when she tripped and fell over stacked boxes left by UPS. The court awarded summary judgment to defendant and dismissed plaintiff’s complaint. Plaintiff testified: I said to the UPS guy, please put the boxes on the counter. We don’t…

Read More Claims Arising From Trip on UPS Packages Not Prempted; UPS Not Liable Due to Absence of Duty
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In a lawsuit captioned Thomas v. City of New York, EDNY 13-cv-6139 (filed 11/6/13), plaintiff Justin Thomas – a School of Visual Arts senior – alleges that he was unlawfully arrested while filming the exterior of the NYPD’s 72nd Precinct station house for his senior class video project. Here is the Gothamist article with embedded video footage…

Read More Visual Arts Student Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Following Arrest for Filming NYPD Precinct
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In a lawsuit captioned Mercado v. Dr. Gabriela Ana Olaru (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Index No. 160167/2013), plaintiff Jennifer E. Mercado alleges that her employer discriminated against her because of pregnancy-related work absences and lateness. From the complaint: Ms. Mercado found out that she was pregnant in or around April of 2011 and informed her employer shortly thereafter.…

Read More Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against OB-GYN
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In Barreto v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Appellate Division, First Department (Judges Tom, Friedman, Freedman, Feinman) court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims under Labor Law §§ 200, 240(1) and 241(6), holding that plaintiff was the sole proximate cause of the injury-causing accident. Plaintiff was injured when he fell into an uncovered manhole while performing…

Read More Failure to Use “Perfect Safety Device” Dooms Plaintiff’s Labor Law § 240(1) Claim
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A recent decision, Maillard v. New York City Transit Authority, illustrates how liability is assessed (in the First Department, which encompasses Manhattan and the Bronx) in a rear-end collision. This car accident case involved four cars, which impacted one another.  The lead driver, Donalds, was struck from behind by Husband, who was struck from behind by…

Read More Sudden Stop of Lead Vehicle Did Not Rebut Presumption of Negligence of Following Vehicle in Rear-End Collision
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In Grant v. County of Erie (Summary Order), the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ordinarily, when reviewing the facial sufficiency of a federal court complaint to determine whether it states a claim, a trial court must accept…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleged Disability Discrimination; Allegations Regarding Qualification to Perform Job Were Not Contradictory
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On Friday, the Second Circuit held in Colquitt v. Xerox Corp. (Summary Order) that plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims that were not raised – or “administratively exhausted” – in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) were properly dismissed from plaintiff’s lawsuit. In Colquitt, plaintiff alleged that she was subjected to (1) a race-based denial of phone privileges and…

Read More Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Employment Discrimination Claims Not Raised in the EEOC
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In Mutadir v. 80-90 Maiden Lane Del LLC, a construction accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department modified a lower court order and reinstated plaintiff’s Labor Law § 240(1) claim, but affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s Labor Law § 241(6), common-law negligence, and Labor Law § 200 claims. The accident: Plaintiff, a carpenter employed by…

Read More Carpenter Injured After Falling From Milk Crates May Continue Claims Under Labor Law § 240(1); Labor Law §§ 200 and 241(6) Claims Dismissed
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In Angeles v. American United Transp., Inc., a car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed the trial court’s (Supreme Court, Bronx County) denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the “serious injury” threshold issue. The “serious injury” threshold frequently arises in automobile accident cases. Section 5104(a) of the New York Insurance Law…

Read More “Serious Injury” Found Based on Cervical and Lumbar Spine injuries
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