ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

In Woolf v. Bloomberg L.P., 16-cv-6953 (PKC), 2019 WL 1046656 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this case, Plaintiff alleges (inter alia) that his employer violated the ADA by terminating him on the…

Read More Stress-Related Migraines Were Not a “Disability” Under the ADA, Court Holds
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In a recent decision, Gindi v. NYC Dept. of Education, 18-3057-cv, 2019 WL 4254700 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal – on statute of limitations grounds – of plaintiff’s discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in…

Read More Title VII, ADEA, ADA Dismissal Affirmed on Statute of Limitations Grounds
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A recent decision, Rodriguez v. Gikher, 2019 WL 2433596, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2019), provides an outline of the elements of a disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as what must be alleged to properly plead such a claim. The court explains: The ADA prohibits discrimination against a…

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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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In Lam v. New York City Department of Education, 18-cv-2756, 2019 WL 2327655, (S.D.N.Y. May 30, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s Americans with Disabilities-based hostile work environment claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). In this case, plaintiff, a special education teacher, alleges that she suffers from anxiety, depression, degenerative spine or…

Read More Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Against NYCDOE Dismissed
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In Torres v. New York City Dept. of Education, 18-cv-2156, 2019 WL 2124891 (E.D.N.Y. May 15, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims – by granting defendant’s motion for a judgment on the pleadings pursuant to FRCP 12(c) – under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), on the ground that plaintiff…

Read More ADA Claim Dismissed; No “Adverse Employment Action”
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In Natofsky v. City of New York, 2019 WL 1715951 (2d Cir. April 18, 2019), the Second Circuit, inter alia, held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employs the (relatively strict) “but for” causation standard. From the decision: Having determined that the ADA does not incorporate Title VII’s mixed-motive standard, the remaining question is…

Read More 2d Circuit Holds That the ADA Requires “But For” Causation
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In Alexander Guerrero Toro v. Northstar Demolition & Remediation, 2019 WL 1396751 (W.D.N.Y. March 28, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of a disability-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Plaintiff testified that he was subject to workplace harassment because he was assigned to jobs he could not complete, his supervisors wanted…

Read More Asbestos Handler’s Disability-Based Hostile Work Environment Dismissed
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In Noel v. Wal-Mart Stores, East LP, 18-1139-cv (2d Cir. March 11, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint. Plaintiff, who held the position of pharmacist manager, suffered from trypanophobia (or needle phobia). He sought an exemption from an alteration of his job description that would…

Read More 2d Circuit Overturns Dismissal of Disability Discrimination Complaint by Needle-Fearing Pharmacist
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In Hazelwood v. Highland Hospital, 17-4139 (2d Cir. March 1, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s (a deaf woman) claims of failure to accommodate and unlawful retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court provides some guidance as to what qualifies as an ADA “reasonable accommodation”: A reasonable…

Read More 2d Circuit: Disability Accommodation (Effective, Though Not Preferred) Was ADA-Compliant
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