Disability Discrimination

In Solomon v. County of Nassau, No. 20-cv-5227, 2021 WL 5631766 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 1, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court summarized the black-letter law regarding discrimination based on (including failure to accommodate) one’s “disability”: Discrimination under…

Read More ADA Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Facts Indicated “Animosity” to Accommodate Plaintiff’s Disability
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In Knope v. Merrick B. Garland et al, 20-cv-3274, 2021 WL 5183536 (2d Cir. Nov. 9, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex- and disability-based hostile work claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act, respectively.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Properly Dismissed; “Sporadic Conflicts” Insufficient
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In Dolac v. County of Erie et al, 2021 WL 5267722 (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for “associational discrimination” asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized the general law as follows: [The ADA prohibits, among…

Read More Dismissal of ADA “Associational” Disability Discrimination Claim Affirmed
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In Oliveras v. City of New York, No. 159011/2020, 2021 WL 4868415 (N.Y. Sup Ct, N.Y. Cty. Oct. 19, 2021), the court held that plaintiff (a NYPD Officer) sufficiently alleged that he was subject to disability discrimination under the N.Y.C. Human Rights Law, and therefore denied defendants’ motion to dismiss. From the decision: Here, accepting…

Read More NYPD Officer’s Disability Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged, Court Holds
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In Gorbea v. Verizon New York Incorporated, 2021 WL 4851389 (2d Cir. Oct. 19, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized the elements for discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims under the ADA. For a discrimination claim, a plaintiff must show by a preponderance…

Read More ADA Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Inability to Show Up for Work Fatal
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In Woolf v. Bloomberg L.P., No. 155152/2020, 2021 WL 4427372 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 24, 2021), the court considered whether and to what extent a prior federal court decision – which dismissed the plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act – prohibits the plaintiff (under principles of collateral estoppel)…

Read More Migraine-Disability Case Dismissed Against Bloomberg L.P.
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In Manson v. Careington International Corporation, 4:20-CV-00916, 2021 WL 3912536 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 6, 2021), the court held that plaintiff’s alleged “love/sex addiction” did not qualify as a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. From the decision: Defendant avers, in reliance on the statutory text, that Plaintiff’s “love/sex addiction” cannot give rise to a…

Read More “Love/Sex Addiction” is Not an ADA “Disability”, Says Texas Federal Court?
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In Gates v. City of New York et al, 20 Civ. 3186, 2021 WL 3774189 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 25, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Plaintiff alleged that defendants discriminated against him on the basis of his perceived disability, namely, “depression/suicidal.” After outlining the “black…

Read More Court Dismisses NYPD Officer’s “Regarded As” Disability Discrimination Claim
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In Modica v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education et al, 20-CV-4834, 2021 WL 3408587 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 4, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a disability-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court reached this conclusion after determining that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege claims under federal law (the…

Read More Disability-Based “Ridicule” at Meeting Sufficient to State Discrimination Under NY City, but Not Federal and NY State, Law
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In Ibela v. Allied Universal, 20-cv-3800, 2021 WL 3077482 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2021), the court held that plaintiff’s failure to specify his “disability” was a fatal pleading defect, resulting in the dismissal of his complaint alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. From the decision: In his Amended Complaint, Plaintiff never specified what…

Read More Failure to Specify Disability Results in Dismissal of ADA Discrimination Complaint
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