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From Felton v. Monroe Community College et al, No. 6:20-CV-06156 EAW, 2022 WL 71694 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 7, 2022): In support of his discrimination claim, Plaintiff alleges: (1) he was not permitted to teach certain classes, including the Intro to Linux class, during certain semesters (Dkt. 1 at 10); (2) he was not notified or selected…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Individual Defendant
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In Fabor v. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 19-CV-1573S, 2021 WL 4060420 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 7, 2021) – a race discrimination and retaliation case asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the court discussed and applied the rules concerning the “administrative exhaustion” aspect of asserting a Title VII claim. In sum, before…

Read More Premature “Right to Sue” Letter Results in Dismissal of Race Discrimination an Retaliation Claims
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In Villella v. City of Lockport, 17-CV-898S, 2021 WL 3726103 (W.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim, based on a “sex stereotyping” theory. From the decision: Plaintiff objects to one of Mayor McCaffrey’s reasons for rejecting her for the Assessor position because the Mayor did not believe Plaintiff was…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “Not a Team Player” Comment Did Not Evidence “Sex Stereotyping”
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In Lewis v. Kaleida Health, No. 20-cv-1860, 2021 WL 2592341 (W.D.N.Y. June 24, 2021), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s age discrimination claim, asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). From the decision: “While discrete claims of discrimination and retaliation must be brought within the 300-day limitations period to…

Read More Age-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Age and Seniority Alone Sufficient
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In Leach v. University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., 2021 WL 1723129 (W.D.N.Y. April 30, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age and gender discrimination claims. From the decision: Taking Leach’s allegations as true, she has adequately pleaded the adverse action element of a claim. She states that she was offered a choice…

Read More Age and Gender Discrimination Claims, Arising From Allegation of Forced Retirement, Survive Dismissal
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In Vail v. The Town of Cayuta et al, 2021 WL 1788523 (WDNY May 5, 2021), the court held that plaintiff (a public employee and candidate for public office) plausibly alleged a First Amendment retaliation claim. This decision is instructive as to when speech is “on a matter of public concern”, which it must be…

Read More First Amendment Retaliation Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss; Sign-Removal Accusation Was a “Matter of Public Concern”
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In Murray v. Williamsville Central School District, 2021 WL 1610201 (WDNY April 26, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed various constitutional claims asserted by plaintiff – a middle school teacher – who alleges that his employer (the defendant school district) deprived him of his liberty interest in his reputation and free speech rights after he…

Read More Court Dismisses Teacher’s Section 1983 & 1st and 14th Amendment Claims Arising From Alleged Showing of Pornographic Film to Students
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In Felton v. Monroe Community College et al, 6:20-CV-06156, 2021 WL 1132411 (W.D.N.Y. March 24, 2021), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination, and denied defendant’s motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). From the decision: Plaintiff’s allegations as to discriminatory motive are admittedly thin. However, construing Plaintiff’s…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Monroe Community College
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In Whipple v. Reed Eye Associates, 15-CV-6759L, 2021 WL 852039 (W.D.N.Y. March 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment claim. While the court ultimately ruled against the plaintiff on the merits, this decision is nevertheless instructive as to how courts evaluate the situation where some events…

Read More Court Dismisses Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims; Discusses “Out-of-Office” Conduct
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In Jordan v. Lisa Ellsworth, et al, 2020 WL 7398757 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 17, 2020), the court granted summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and retaliation claims. In sum, plaintiff alleged that defendants denied her promotional opportunities due to her race and in order to retaliate against her for filing internal race discrimination complaints.…

Read More Employment Discrimination & Retaliation Claims Dismissed Against NY State Insurance Fund; Pretext Not Shown
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