Employment Discrimination

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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In Stalling v. FINRA, 21-CV-8390, 2021 WL 5166406 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s “failure to hire” discrimination claim as insufficiently alleged. The court explained the governing law (substantive and procedural) as follows: Title VII provides that “[i]t shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to fail or…

Read More Race and Sex Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against FINRA
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In Kalarickal v. Denis McDonough, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, 20-cv-10249, 2021 WL 5112907 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim on the basis of his age, color, disability, national origin, race, and religion. This case illustrates that a “hostile work environment” does not exist merely by virtue…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Allegations of “Burdensome” Work Schedule, Swearing, and Thrown Phone Held Insufficient
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In Nakeshia Nikki Jones v. Industry One Mobile, Inc, 19-01023, 2021 WL 4955905 (S.D. Ala. Oct. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, recommended that the court grant (as a sanction) plaintiff’s motion for a default judgment on her claim for sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision:…

Read More Sexual Harassment Allegations, That Boss Terminated Plaintiff For Rejecting Sexual Advances, Sufficient
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In Berry v. Town of Front Royal, Virginia, 21-cv-00001, 2021 WL 4895204 (W.D. Va. Oct. 20, 2021) – a sexual harassment and retaliation case involving allegations of unwanted touching and inappropriate remarks – the court granted plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery. At issue were two document requests: 27. All documents submitted by Defendant to, or…

Read More Court Grants Motion to Compel Discovery Regarding Other Instances of Sexual Harassment
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In Pollock v. Dermot Shea & City of New York, 20-cv-6273, 2021 WL 4962736 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s gender discrimination claims against the defendants under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York City Human Rights Law. Initially, the court…

Read More Court: Gender Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against City of New York and Individual Defendant
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In Biehner v. City of New York et al, 19-CV-9646, 2021 WL 4924838 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of gender/pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In any event, the plaintiff has not pleaded adequately the other elements required for her…

Read More Court Dismisses Title VII Gender/Pregnancy Discrimination Claim Against the City of New York
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In Roberts v. Glenn Industrial Group, Inc. et al, 3:17CV745-GCM2021, WL 4928462 (W.D.N.C. Oct. 21, 2021), the court held that triable issues of fact regarding plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, warranted denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment. From the decision: Viewed…

Read More Male Plaintiff’s Sexual Harassment Case Survives Summary Judgment
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In Jeanty v. Blue Rhino et al, 21-CV-8326, 2021 WL 4865202 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2021), the court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s employment (race) discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 USC § 1981. In reaching its conclusion, with respect to Title VII, the court explained:…

Read More Race Discrimination (Unpaid Bonus, Termination) Claims Dismissed; Leave to Amend Granted
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In Gorbea v. Verizon New York Incorporated, 2021 WL 4851389 (2d Cir. Oct. 19, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized the elements for discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims under the ADA. For a discrimination claim, a plaintiff must show by a preponderance…

Read More ADA Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Inability to Show Up for Work Fatal
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