Adverse Employment Action

In Zoll v. Northwell Health, Inc., 19-2716, 2020 WL 3493498 (2d Cir. June 29, 2020), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal, on summary judgment, of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff, who is white, asserted that she suffered two adverse actions on the…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of White Plaintiff’s Title VII Race Discrimination Claim
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In Erno v. New York State Office of Information Technology Services, 2020 WL 2736563 (N.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim, based on her alleged denial of a desired assignment. The court explained the contours of an “adverse employment action” in this context: An adverse employment…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim, Based on Denial of Assignment, Dismissed
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In Golston-Green v. City of New York, et al., No. 2016-02462, 28117/09, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 02768, 2020 WL 2462411 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., May 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. This decision is instructive as to the differences between the New York State Human…

Read More Court Clarifies Standard for “Adverse Employment Action” Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In the employment discrimination context, one issue that typically arises is whether an employee has sustained an actionable “adverse employment action.” Not every action that might be perceived as negative or otherwise disadvantageous qualifies. A recent example of a court addressing this issue is Dedjoe v. Dr. Mark T. Esper, in his official capacity as…

Read More Retaliation Dismissal Affirmed; Being Told to “Cool Off” Not an “Adverse Employment Action”
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In Kunik v. New York City Department of Education et al, 15-CV-9512, 2020 WL 508897 (S.D.N.Y. January 31, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. The court explained that plaintiff’s claim faltered because she did not present sufficient evidence to establish an “adverse employment action,” which is the third step of the…

Read More Lack of “Adverse Employment Action” Dooms Teacher’s Discrimination Claim
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In Valerio v. City of New York, 18-cv-11130, 2020 WL 353749 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of employment discrimination – based on his national origin, race, and color – in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

Read More NYPD Corrections Officer’s Title VII Disparate Treatment Claim Survives Dismissal; “Adverse Employment Action” Sufficiently Alleged
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In Jean-Pierre v. Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc., 18-CV-0507, 2019 WL 5887479 (S.D.N.Y., 2019), the court – invoking the principle that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not a “general civility code for the American workplace” – dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination claims. It summarized the law in this regard: In determining…

Read More Discrimination Claims Dismissed; While “Inappropriate”, Comments Were Non-Actionable
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In Allen v. City of New York et al, 2019 WL 5450874 (SDNY Oct. 23, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This claim failed, held the court, because plaintiff failed to proffer an actionable “adverse employment action.” To survive a motion…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Social Worker Plaintiff Failed to Allege an “Adverse Employment Action”
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In Irons v. The City of New York, 16-cv-3708, 2019 WL 3752870 (EDNY Aug. 8, 2019), the court, inter alia,[1]As with many blog posts, here I have addressed only a subset of this lengthy and detailed decision; the reader is encouraged to review the decision in its entirety. denied defendant City’s motion for summary judgment…

Read More NYPD Sergeant’s Race, Gender Discrimination Claims Survive Summary Judgment
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In Vuono v. Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc., 2019 WL 2433654 (S.D.N.Y. 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim, finding that allegedly “excessive” drug and alcohol tests did not qualify as adverse employment actions. From the decision: Requiring an employee to be tested pursuant to the On Call program does not…

Read More Drug Testing Was Not an “Adverse Employment Action”, Court Holds
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