In Huffman v. Brooklyn College, The City University of New York and Anne Lopes, No. 20-CV-06156, 2022 WL 43766 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motions to dismiss plaintiff’s national origin- and age-based discrimination claims. As to plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claims, the court explained: The court has little difficulty concluding…Read More CUNY Italian Professor’s National Origin Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged
In Brooks v. Prevention Point, No. 20-06379, 2021 WL 6125205 (E.D.Pa. Dec. 28, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged his claims of race discrimination. The court explained that, in order to make out a prima facie case of discrimination, plaintiff was required to show four elements, namely, that he “(1) is…Read More Race Discrimination Claims Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included Singling Out Etc.
In Campbell v. New York City Department of Education et al, No. 14634, 2020-02035, 32672/18E, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 06918, 2021 WL 5828645 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Dec. 09, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently a claim of race-based hostile work environment under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). This decision…Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against NYC Dept. of Education Under City Law
In Doe v. Bloomberg L.P., 2021 NY Slip Op 06754 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 2 2021), the Appellate Division, First Department, held that the plaintiff may pursue her claims against Bloomberg L.P. – including for employment discrimination and sexual harassment – pseudonymously. From the decision: The presumption in favor of open trials and…Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff May Continue to Proceed Under a Pseudonym in Case Against Bloomberg L.P.
While sexual jokes in the workplace may, under certain circumstances, give rise to a plausible hostile work environment sexual harassment claim, that is not always the case. A recent decision, Cafiero v. Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc., No. 12-CV-01303, 2021 WL 5630373 (E.D.Mo. Dec. 1, 2021), is one example where allegations of such conduct was insufficient…Read More Sexual Jokes Insufficient to Make Out Hostile Work Environment Claim
In Chacko v. Office of the New York State Comptroller et al, No. 20-cv-10697, 2021 WL 5605063 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2021), the court granted defendants’ partial motion to dismiss based on plaintiff’s failure to “administratively exhaust” her claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). From the decision: In her EEOC Charge, Plaintiff alleged…Read More Discrimination Allegations Concerning Additional Actors Dismissed as Beyond EEOC Charge’s Scope
In Burke v. Jose Luis Villa, Sadrac Louis, Bonefish Grill et al, No. 19-CV-2957, 2021 WL 5591711 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s same-sex sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As to whether the harassment was “severe or…Read More Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
A recent decision, Klimovitsky v. JG Innovative Industries, Inc. et al, No. 21-cv-755, 2021 WL 5712120 (EDNY Dec. 1, 2021), illustrates the mechanics of asserting an employment discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, the court dismisses the case – not on the merits, but rather because plaintiff failed…Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff’s Complaint Dismissed Due to Premature Filing
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
In Myers v. Inspector Mary Christine Doherty et al, No. 21 Civ. 219, 2021 WL 5599502 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging a race-based hostile work environment under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the New York City Human Rights Law. The court held that plaintiff’s…Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Hostile Looks”, “Castigation”, “Coldness” Bow Tie Remarks Held Insufficient