Employment Discrimination

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…

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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
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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
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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
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In James v. Borough of Manhattan Community College et al, 20-cv-10565, 2021 WL 5567848 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of a race- and age-based hostile work environment. This case aptly illustrates that a “work environment” that might be “hostile” in the ordinary sense is not necessarily a “hostile work…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Climate of Fear” Allegation Insufficient
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In Lum v. Consol. Edison, No. 160027/2020, 2021 WL 5331547 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 16, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claim asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that plaintiff’s co-worker made derogatory comments to him (e.g., “open…

Read More National Origin (Chinese) Discrimination Claim Dismissed Against Con Edison
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On November 16, 2021, Congress held a hearing at which several victims of sexual harassment/assault – including actor Eliza Dushku – testified about their negative experiences with forced arbitration. Their stories are horrific; their bravery admirable. While New York has enacted legislation (Section 7515 of the Civil Practice Law & Rules) to curb forced arbitration…

Read More Sexual Harassment/Assault Victims Testify Against Forced Arbitration
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In Knope v. Merrick B. Garland et al, 20-cv-3274, 2021 WL 5183536 (2d Cir. Nov. 9, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex- and disability-based hostile work claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act, respectively.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Properly Dismissed; “Sporadic Conflicts” Insufficient
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In Govender v. Brooklyn Immunotherapeutics LLC, No. 650847/2021, 2021 WL 5234682 (N.Y. Sup Ct, NY Cty. Nov. 09, 2021), an employment discrimination case, the court granted defendant’s motion to compel arbitration and to stay the action. From the decision: Plaintiff’s affirmation highlights that the arbitration clause is void under CPLR 7515 as it would require…

Read More Employment Discrimination Arbitration Agreement Not Subject to Invalidation on the Ground of Prohibitive Cost
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In Knope v. Merrick B. Garland et al, 20-cv-3274, 2021 WL 5183536 (2d Cir. Nov. 9, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the relevant “black letter” law, the…

Read More Sex Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Court Notes Lack of Detail Surrounding Accommodation Provided to Male Employee
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