42 USC § 1981

Employment discrimination claims are often difficult to assert, since it is not necessarily true that every wrong visited upon an employee will give rise to an actionable legal claim. Consider, for example, an African American employee’s discovery of a “noose” – either made out of a rope or fashioned out of work materials – in…

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In Prude v. Logistics One Transport, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-0674, 2022 WL 4120266 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 9, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal; “Banana” Incident Was, in Context, Sufficiently “Severe”
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In Chapman v. Oakland Living Center, Inc., No. 20-2361, 2022 WL 3954456 (4th Cir. Aug. 30, 2022), the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, inter alia, vacated a lower court’s award of summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Racial Slur by Child Who Was Supervisor’s 6-Year-Old Son (and Owner’s Grandson), Survives Summary Judgment
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In Bell v. SL Green Realty Corp., 19 Civ. 8153 (LGS), 2022 WL 2819054 (S.D.N.Y. July 19, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claim of race-based discriminatory termination asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. As to that claim, the court applied the well-known 3-step burden-shifting framework, derived from…

Read More Section 1981 Race Discrimination Claim, Asserted by HIspanic Plaintiff, Survives Summary Judgment Against SL Green Realty Corp.
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In Banks v. Cypres Chase Condominium Association B, Inc. and Andre Bujold, No. 22-60747-CIV-MORENO, 2022 WL 2870127 (S.D.Fla. July 21, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege a race-based hostile work environment claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and accordingly dismissed it under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). From…

Read More “You People” Comment Insufficient to Allege Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim, Court Rules
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In Franchitti v. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., 21-CV-2174 (JMF), 2022 WL 2657171 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and the New York State Human Rights Law. From the decision: As noted, Franchitti brings a…

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In Gooch v. Electric Power Board of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County d/b/a Nashville Electric Service, No. 3:20-cv-01001, 2022 WL 2196267 (M.D.Tenn. June 17, 2022), the court held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment on his race-based hostile work environment claim under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983. The court summarized the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Presence of Nooses
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In Mwangi v. Passbase, Inc. et al, 21-cv-6728, 2022 WL 2133734 (S.D.N.Y. June 14, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. At all relevant times, plaintiff worked remotely from Berlin, Germany, and was not in the U.S. when the alleged discrimination took place. As to plaintiff’s § 1981…

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In Onely v. Redner’s Markets, Inc., No. 21-4785, 2022 WL 1773606 (E.D.Pa. June 1, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. From the decision: After disregarding legal conclusions, the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Dismissal; Allegations Included Reference to “Offensive” Hair
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In Turner v. Copeland Group USA Inc, 2022 WL 1508446 (S.D.Tex. May 10, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the relevant facts as follows: Plaintiffs Vanessa La Barrie and Celmira Turner…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim, While Based on “Scant” Allegations, Survived Dismissal
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