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In Babbitt v. Koeppel Nissan, Inc., 2020 WL 3183895 (E.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendants’ counterclaim asserting that plaintiff violated the “faithless servant doctrine.” Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that defendants subjected her to sex discrimination and retaliation. The court explained the applicable law: Under the faithless servant doctrine, “[o]ne who…

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In Mejia v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2837008 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted against two individuals under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim, however, is viable as…

Read More “Bitch” Remark Among Evidence Supporting Denial of Summary Judgment Under the NYC Human Rights Law on Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment Claim
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In Mejia v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2837008, at *14 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Plaintiff asserts claims for quid pro quo sexual harassment under NYSHRL and NYCHRL. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when…

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In Miranda v. South Country Central School District, Joseph Giani, et al, 2020 WL 2563091 (EDNY May 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the New…

Read More “Topless Selfie” Teacher’s Gender Discrimination Claims Continue Against School District
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In Matthew v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2020 WL 2523064 (EDNY May 18, 2020) (J. Mauskopf), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [Plaintiff] Matthew has not alleged any facts supporting an inference that she was terminated because of her race or gender. Indeed, the only allegation…

Read More Accent-Based National Origin Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against JPMorgan Chase
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In Laface v. Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 2020 WL 2489774 (EDNY May 14, 2020) (J. Spatt), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff leave to amend his complaint to supplement his retaliation claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court outlined the relevant law: To succeed in an ADA retaliation claim, a plaintiff must prove…

Read More ADA Retaliation Claim May Be Supplemented in Amended Complaint
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In Taylor v. Dollar Tree Stores, 2020 WL 2478663 (EDNY May 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claims. From the decision: Taylor’s allegations about his co-workers, including that they verbally abused him cannot be the basis of a hostile work environment claim, because there is an…

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A recent decision from the Eastern District of New York, Henek v. CSC Holdings, LLC, 2020 WL 1516460 (E.D.N.Y. March 30, 2020) (J. Cogan), is instructive as to what a plaintiff must show – specifically, what will (in the court’s words) “not cut it” – when opposing a summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.…

Read More Religion/National Origin Discrimination Claims Dismissed; “Contentions” and “Beliefs” “Do Not Cut It”
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In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he was subjected to retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I discussed the discrimination portion of the decision here.) From…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Supervisor Dispute Did Not Constitute Sufficient Opposition
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In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he suffered discrimination based on a protected characteristic in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this action, Plaintiff…

Read More Discrimination Complaint Dismissed; Comparators’ Characteristics Not Identified
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