Disparate Treatment

In Schaper v. Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, 2019 WL 7102144 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 20, 2019), the court granted plaintiff’s motion for leave to file an amended complaint asserting, in addition to claims of hostile work environment and retaliation, a claim of disparate treatment. On September 30, 2019, the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment, noting…

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In Burgis v. City of New York Dept. of Sanitation, 2018 NY Slip Op 33322(U) (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 20, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of discriminatory failure to promote. As to the disparate treatment claim, the court explained: Here, as defendant contends, the Court finds that the complaint is devoid of any…

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In Gachette v. Metro North-High Bridge, 2018 WL 456723 (2d Cir. Jan. 18, 2018) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit vacated the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s disparate treatment claims, in light of an unresolved discovery dispute. From the Order: At the start, we conclude that vacatur is appropriate as to Gachette’s claims of disparate treatment…

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Proving employment discrimination is no easy task. Over time, courts have developed an analytical method for evaluating such claims. Proving Employment Discrimination With “Indirect” or “Circumstantial” Evidence When a plaintiff alleges employment discrimination based on indirect, or circumstantial, evidence, courts employ the “burden-shifting” framework set out in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792…

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In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. Plaintiff – a woman of Asian descent – alleged that “defendant has wrongly sided with, and failed to take corrective action against, plaintiff’s co-workers and supervisors, who…

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In Bailey v. Reg’l Radio Grp. LLC, No. 15-cv-375, 2017 WL 1025948 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2017), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s gender-based disparate treatment (including constructive discharge), gender-based hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. In this case, plaintiff generally alleges that Defendant Ashworth discriminated against and harassed her and…

Read More Court Dismisses Gender Discrimination/Constructive Discharge, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Against Regional Radio Group LLC
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A recent New York state court decision, Fernandez v. POP Displays & Active Staffing Services (NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty. 154516/2016 Jan. 5, 2017), illustrates the limitations on the geographic reach of the New York City Human Rights Law. The court granted defendant POP Display’s motion to dismiss under CPLR 3211(a)(2) for lack of subject…

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In Offor v. Mercy Medical Center, No. 16-839, 2017 WL 253616 (2d Cir. Jan. 20, 2017) (Summary Order), the court vacated the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claim, but affirmed the dismissal of her Title VII race and national origin discrimination claim. From the Order:…

Read More 2d Circuit Vacates Dismissal of FMLA Retaliation Claim, But Affirms Dismissal of Race/National Origin Discrimination Claim
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In Zhao-Royo v. New York State Educ. Dept., 14-CV-0935, 2017 WL 149981 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 13, 2017), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. As to her disparate treatment claim, it concluded that plaintiff “failed to identify circumstances justifying an inference that [alleged] incidents were actually related to Plaintiff’s…

Read More Court Dismisses Disparate Treatment Employment Discrimination Claim; Finds Comparator Evidence Insufficient and No Connection Between Brusque/Rude/Unfriendly Conduct and Protected Status
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In Yang v. Dep’t of Educ. of the City of New York, 2016 WL 4028131 (E.D.N.Y. July 26, 2016), the court denied defendant’s FRCP 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate treatment and hostile work environment claims based on her national origin (Chinese). As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: [T]he Court concludes…

Read More National Origin (Chinese) Disparate Treatment and Hostile Work Environment Claims Plausibly Alleged
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