Aiding and Abetting Discrimination

In Park v. Kurtosys Sys., Inc., 2022 NY Slip Op 04129 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. June 28, 2022), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s (Judge Kotler) order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision:…

Read More Gender Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Court Held That Poor Performance Was a Legitimate, Nondiscriminatory, Non-Pretextual Reason for Termination
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In Pittman v. Yantiss et al, No. 151274/2020, 2022 WL 2238886 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 15, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss her claims of retaliation in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. (I addressed the court’s decision denying defendants’ motion to dismiss…

Read More Retaliation Claim Sufficiently Alleged: Pittman v. Yantiss et al
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In Oluwo v. Sutton, No. 2019-13814, 2260/19, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 03734, 2022 WL 2057838 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. June 08, 2022), the Appellate Division, Second Department modified a lower court order, and held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of national origin-based discrimination (under the New York State Human Rights Law), and hostile work environment (under…

Read More Nigerian Plaintiff’s National Origin Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims Should Have Not Have Been Dismissed, Court Holds
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In Campo v. City of New York et al, 2022 WL 970730 (E.D.N.Y. March 31, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to several claims, including plaintiff’s “supervisory liability” claim against several individual defendants in connection with her sexual harassment claim. This decision is instructive as to how courts assess…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Proceeds Against Individual Defendant on “Aiding and Abetting” / “Negligent Supervision” Theory
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In Omyla v. Smiletech, Inc., No. 517483/2021, 2022 WL 524944 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 14, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied the individual defendant’s (Ifraim Agababayev) motion to dismiss discrimination and harassment claims asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In this case, plaintiff (a dental technician) asserts causes…

Read More Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Individual Defendant, Court Holds
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In Joyce v. Remark Holdings, Inc. et al, 2022 WL 179839 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 20, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Joyce points to three specific instances to argue that Tao created a hostile work environment. First, when Joyce…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Limited Interactions With Alleged HWE Creator
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In Kouri v Eataly N.Y. LLC, No. 14538, 158476/14, 2021-00047, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 06044, 2021 WL 5113230 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Nov. 04, 2021), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims arising from his ejection from Eataly. As to plaintiff’s public accommodation discrimination claims asserted under the New…

Read More Public Accommodation (Sexual Orientation) Discrimination Case Proceeds Against Eataly NY LLC
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In Donnelly v. The New York City and Vicinity District Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America et al, 152197/2019, 2021 WL 4494816 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 01, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Based on Sexual Harassment Complaint, Sufficiently Alleged Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Eckhart v. Fox News Network, LLC and Ed Henry, 20-CV-5593, 2021 WL 4124616 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 9, 2021), the court, in part, denied defendant Ed Henry’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Jennifer Eckhart’s claims for sex trafficking under Section 1591 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1591 (TVPA). The court summarized its holding…

Read More Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Ed Henry Survives Motion to Dismiss
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In Bonaffini v. City University of New York and Anne Lopes, 2021 WL 2895688 (E.D.N.Y. July 9, 2021), the court addressed an interesting issue, namely: whether an individual defendant may be liable for discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, notwithstanding that their government employer is entitled to sovereign immunity. The…

Read More NYS and NYC Human Rights Law Discrimination Claims May Proceed Against Individual Provost, Notwithstanding CUNY’s Sovereign Immunity
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