Employment Discrimination

In Matthews v. Detroit Public Schools Community District, 2021 WL 4427176 (E.D.Mich., 2021), a Michigan federal court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Noting U.S. Supreme Court precedent that whether harassing conduct is sufficiently “severe…

Read More Title VII Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Plaintiff Alleged 22 Incidents Over 1.5 Years
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In Sassi v. Mobile Life Support Services, No. 55, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 05449, 2021 WL 4732794 (N.Y., Oct. 12, 2021), the New York Court of Appeals broadly construed the New York laws prohibiting discrimination based on a prior criminal conviction. From the decision: On this appeal, based on the arguments preserved by the parties,…

Read More NY Court of Appeals Provides Plaintiff-Favorable Interpretation of Criminal Conviction Discrimination Law
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In Lopez v. Bendell, No. 156292/2017, 2021 WL 4776215 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 13, 2021), an employment discrimination case (involving allegations of national origin discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination), the court denied defendants’ request to vacate the Note of Issue (on the ground that plaintiff failed to produce “social…

Read More Court Declines to Vacate Note of Issue in Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Case; Requires “Jackson Affidavit” Regarding Social Media Posts
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In Thompson v. Americare, Inc., No. 503679/2019, 2021 WL 4654619 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Sep. 23, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: Plaintiff’s disclosure to Martinez of her pregnancy is a protected activity…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Arising From Pregnancy Disclosure, Survives
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A recent case, Jia v. China Renaissance Securities (US) Inc., No. 158516/2018, 2021 WL 4553665 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 05, 2021), illustrates the difference between the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and the comparatively-broader New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Here, the plaintiff’s claims fail under the former but…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claims, Asserted Under the NYC Human Rights Law, Survive Summary Judgment
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In Simons v. Lee Litigation Group, PLLC et al, No. 151692/2020, 2021 WL 3624940 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 12, 2021), the court granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment against the defendants for breach of contract (settlement agreement). In sum, the parties reached a settlement, the terms of which were memorialized in a…

Read More Settlement Agreement Enforced, Notwithstanding FLSA Provision in Generic Release Provision
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In John Doe v. The City of New York et al, 511209/2020, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50916(U), 2021 WL 4468869 (Sup Ct, Sept. 29, 2021), the court (after largely dismissing plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims) denied plaintiff’s cross-motion to proceed under a pseudonym. While relatively short, the court’s analysis is instructive. It explained: Lastly, the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff May Not Proceed Pseudonymously, Court Holds
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In John Doe v. The City of New York et al, 511209/2020, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 50916(U), 2021 WL 4468869 (Sup Ct, Sept. 29, 2021), the court held that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege a hostile work environment under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Among plaintiff’s allegations were that “he was…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Insufficiently Alleged; Not Enough That Plaintiff “Felt Disrespected”
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In Arbouin v. Bob’s Discount Furniture, LLC et al, 20-CV-1893, 2021 WL 4458932 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2021), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation that defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim be denied. From the decision: Defendants argue that the R&R errs in finding that the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included Co-Worker’s Touching and Sexual (and Non-Sexual) Comments
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Some court decisions, particularly in the employment discrimination context, are perfect examples of “what not to do” in the workplace. In such a recent case, Shkoza v. NYC Health & Hospitals Corp., 20-CV-3646, 2021 WL 4340787 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a sex-based hostile work environment under the New…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included “Wives” Comment, Inappropriate Touching
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