Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibit – in addition to discrimination based on specified criteria/characteristics – “retaliation” for engaging in “protected activity”. In certain cases, “protected activity” can be the litigation itself. In the matter of Kerrie Campbell v. Chadbourne & Parke LLP,…

Read More Counterclaim Alleged to be Retaliatory in Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit Against Chadbourne & Parke Law Firm
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In McCullough v. Xerox Corp., No. 12-CV-6405L, 2016 WL 7229134 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 14, 2016), an upstate federal district court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to her Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim arising out of her employment as a Human Resources Manager. The court summarized the law applicable to plaintiff’s unequal pay claims under the…

Read More Equal Pay Act Claim Survives Summary Judgment, Continues Against Xerox
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In Casseus v. N.Y. Coll. of Health Professions, 15-cv-1914, 2016 WL 7029157 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 10, 2016), report and recommendation adopted, 2016 WL 7017364 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 1, 2016), the court dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. Among other things, it held that plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies with respect to her gender discrimination and hostile…

Read More Unasserted Gender Discrimination & Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed as Not Administratively Exhausted
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In Deluca v. Sirius Xm Radio, Inc., No. 12-CV-8239, 2016 WL 3034332 (S.D.N.Y. May 27, 2016), an employment discrimination case, plaintiff alleged that “she was paid less than her male peers, that she was removed from her supervisory authority, and that she was subjected to anti-gay slurs in the workplace.” To flesh out her claims,…

Read More Court Orders Pre-Statute of Limitations “Comparator” Discovery in Gender Pay and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sirius XM Radio
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In Tulino v. City of New York, No. 15-CV-7106 (JMF), 2016 WL 2967847 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 2016), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a gender-based hostile work environment claim under the NYC Human Rights Law. In her amended complaint, plaintiff alleged (among other things) that defendant “created and perpetuated a culture that essentially required female…

Read More Plaintiff States Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim; Alleges She Was Called a “Slut” and “Dick Climber”
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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Grant v. New York Times et al, 16-cv-03175 (filed April 28, 2016), two named plaintiffs (individually and on behalf of all similarly situated persons) allege age, race, and gender discrimination against the New York Times. From the complaint: The New York Times, widely touted as the “paper of record,” has…

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In a recent complaint, captioned Johnson v. J. Walter Thompson U.S.A., LLC et al, SDNY 16-cv-01805 filed March 10, 2016, plaintiff asserts various employment-related claims – including gender discrimination, race discrimination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and retaliation – against J. Walter Thompson and its Chair/CEO Gustavo Martinez. Among the disturbing allegations: Despite Johnson’s success as…

Read More Race/Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Lawsuit Against J. Walter Thompson and Gustavo Martinez
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In Lenzi v. Systemax, Inc., No. 14-CV-7509 SJF, 2015 WL 6507842 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2015), the court held that the female plaintiff stated a claim under the federal and New York state Equal Pay Acts. The law, per the court: The federal Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)(1) prohibits employers from discriminating between employees on…

Read More Female Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges Equal Pay Act Violations
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In Husser v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., No. 12-CV-6095 MKB JO, 2015 WL 5774741 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015), plaintiff alleged that defendants willfully failed to pay her wages equal to those paid to men for equal work, retaliated against her, and subjected her to a hostile work environment. The court adopted the Magistrate Judge’s Report…

Read More Gender Pay Discrimination and Retaliation, But Not Hostile Work Environment, Claims Survive Summary Judgment
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