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In November 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an update to New York’s anti-SLAPP law that expands the rights and protections of defendants in lawsuits based on their right to free speech. “SLAPP” is an acronym for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” While New York had an anti-SLAPP law on the books for…

Read More Court Applies NY’s Recently-Enhanced Anti-SLAPP Law to Dismiss Defamation Claim Asserted By Queens Doctor
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In Siena v. Primo Pizza 84 LLC et al, No. 705179/2016, 69 Misc. 3d 1215(A), 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 51344(U), 2020 WL 6704163 (NY Sup. Ct., Queens Cty., Nov. 05, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. After summarizing the “black letter” law in this area, the court applied…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Guido”, Wise Guy” Remarks & Accent Mocking Insufficient
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In a recent case, Palmer v. Cook, 2019 NY Slip Op 29240 (Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. Aug. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently stated a claim for “caregiver status” discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law.[1]As with many blog posts, here I have addressed only a subset of this…

Read More Caregiver Status Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged, Court Finds
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In a recent case, Palmer v. Cook, 2019 NY Slip Op 29240 (Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. Aug. 5, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently stated a claim for hostile work environment under the New York City Human Rights Law.[1]As with many blog posts, here I have addressed only a subset of this…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Comments, Thrown Objects, and Changed Locks
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In Kalafatoglu v. Beauty 35, Inc. (NY Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. 711763/2015 Order dated Jan. 25, 2017), the court held that plaintiff stated claims for gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, and false arrest. (It held, however, that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege retaliation.) The court summarized plaintiff’s…

Read More Arabic-Language Reprimand Among Allegations Stating Cause of Action for National Origin Discrimination; Other Claims (Including Gender Discrimination and Battery) Also Sufficiently Alleged
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In Sanderson-Burgess v. City of New York, 2016 NY Slip Op 32007(U) (NY Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty. 700149/2011, Sept. 8, 2016) [Google Scholar version], the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s various claims, including for hostile work environment sexual harassment, aiding and abetting, and retaliation.[1]Court records indicate that plaintiff has filed a Notice of…

Read More Court Dismisses NYPD Nurse’s Same-Sex Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Case
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In Mantione v. C. Berman Associates, 2016 NY Slip Op 30655(U) (NY Sup. Ct. March 4, 2016), the court discussed and applied the “single employer” rule. Defendant moved to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment/sexual harassment allegations under the New York State Human Rights Law, on the ground that the entities involved have less than four…

Read More Court Holds Companies Were a “Single Employer” For Purposes of Aggregating Employees in Sexual Harassment Case
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In Lago v. Wen Management Corp., 2016 WL 165834 (N.Y. Sup. Qns. Jan. 8, 2016), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s age discrimination, gender discrimination, and retaliation claims. The court held that plaintiff’s discrimination claims faltered at the first step of the analysis (i.e., he failed to demonstrate a prima…

Read More Replacement of Oldest Employee by Younger Employee Insufficient to Establish Age Discrimination
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In Shenkelbakh v. Riera (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Qns. Cty Aug. 17, 2015), a personal injury bicycle accident case, plaintiff bicyclist sued after being hit by defendant driver. The jury returned a verdict in defendant’s favor, and absolved defendant of liability. The court granted plaintiff’s CPLR 4404(a) motion to set aside the jury verdict. Here are the undisputed facts,…

Read More Injured Bicyclist Wins New Trial on Liability
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In Gewirtz v. New York City Dept. of Educ., 2015 NY Slip Op 50713(U) (NY Sup. Qns. Cty. May 4, 2015), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination (failure to accommodate) and retaliation claims under the New York State Human Rights Law (SHRL) and New York City Human Rights Law (CHRL).…

Read More Teacher’s Disability Discrimination (Failure to Accommodate) and Retaliation Claims Continue
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