Employment Discrimination

In Morales v. Supreme Maintenance Inc. et al, No. 1:21-cv-01044-KWR-JHR, 2022 WL 2290605 (D.N.M. June 24, 2022), the court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims. As to plaintiff’s retaliation claim, the court explained: Here, Plaintiff alleges that she engaged in protected activity by opposing sexual harassment by an employee at…

Read More Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Claims Survive Dismissal; Complaint Alleged Harassment by Non-Employee
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In Louis v. Window Rock Unified School District, No. CV-20-08193-PCT-DJH, 2022 WL 2132239 (D.Ariz. June 14, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff’s claims arose from text messages exchanged between her and a non-party (the School…

Read More Text Message-Based Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed
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In Pattanayak v. Mastercard Inc., 21 Civ. 2657 (GBD), 2022 WL 2003317 (S.D.N.Y. June 6, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied plaintiff’s request to amend his complaint to bolster his hostile work environment claim, finding that claim futile. From the decision: A plaintiff alleging a hostile work environment claim must demonstrate that his workplace was…

Read More Court Denies Leave to Amend Hostile Work Environment Claim; Alleged Excessive Workload Etc. Insufficient
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In Pachura v. Lloyd J. Austin, III, Secretary, Department of Defense, 6:21-CV-0316 (LEK/ATB), 2022 WL 1909546 (N.D.N.Y. June 3, 2022), the court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized plaintiff’s allegations, in sum, as follows: Between…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Dismissal; Allegations Included Harassment by Facebook Messenger
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In Gamble v. Fieldston Lodge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center et al, No. 20-CV-10388-LTS, 2022 WL 1778488 (S.D.N.Y. June 1, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion, for judgment on the pleadings under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c), on plaintiff’s claim of sexual orientation discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of…

Read More Sexual Orientation-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed
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In Douglas v. Cruise Yacht Op. Co. Ltd. et al, 2022 WL 1719312 (S.D.Fla. May 27, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a disparate treatment race discrimination claim. From the decision: According to the United States Supreme Court, “ ‘[d]isparate treatment’…is the most easily understood type of discrimination. The employer simply…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Discriminatory Motive Need Not Be Proven at the Pleading Stage
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In Logan v. Millstone Manor LLC et al, 20-14433 (MAS) (TJB), 2022 WL 1720172 (D.N.J. May 27, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. (The court also dismissed plaintiff’s “quid pro quo” sexual harassment claim.) From the decision: Viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to Logan, his…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; “High Bar” Not Met
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In Grazette v. Manpower et al, 21-CV-4296 (LTS), 2022 WL 1556192 (S.D.N.Y. May 16, 2022), the court dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims as insufficiently alleged. From the decision: At the pleading stage in an employment discrimination action, “a plaintiff must plausibly allege that (1) the employer took adverse employment action against him, and (2) [a…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Insufficiently Alleged; Federally-Protected Class Unidentified
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In Jones v. CareandWear II, Inc., No. 656428/2020, 75 Misc. 3d 1205(A), 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 50383(U), 2022 WL 1483791 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. May 10, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim of retaliatory discharge in violation of New York’s general whistleblowing statute, NY Labor Law § 740.…

Read More Whistleblower (NY Labor Law § 740) Claim, Arising From Discharge Following Complaint of PPE Price-Gouging, Survives Dismissal
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