Federal Employee Discrimination

In Kilgannon v. Social Security Administration et al, 20-cv-01891, 2021 WL 4523505 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of hostile work environment sexual harassment, which were predicated on sexual advances by plaintiff’s co-worker. From the decision: Plaintiff alleges numerous specific, instances of Ms. Borges’s alleged harassing behavior which he claims…

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In Gibbs v. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General of the Unites States Postal Service, 2021 WL 3661277 (D.N.J. Aug. 18, 2021), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to the interpretation and application of…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Threat (and Settlement) of Sexual Harassment Claim May Qualify as Protected “Opposition”
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In Hampton v. Wilkie, 17-cv-5711, 2021 WL 3577941 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 9, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff (a former employee of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center) presented enough evidence to survive summary judgment on his retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After determining that plaintiff’s hostile…

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In Tassy v. Peter Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 2021 WL 1964549 (E.D.N.Y. May 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims that he suffered a hostile work environment because of his race, color, and national origin. After concluding that plaintiff did not allege conduct that was sufficiently “severe or pervasive”, it continued: Here,…

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In Babb v. Wilkie, 2020 WL 1668281 (U.S. April 6, 2020), the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the federal-sector provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), 88 Stat. 74, 29 U.S.C. § 633a(a). That section provides, in relevant part: “All personnel actions affecting employees or applicants for employment who are at least…

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In Adeniji v. U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau NY Regional Office, 2020 WL 882166 (S.D.N.Y. 2020), the court dismissed the claims by plaintiff – a Census Bureau employee – for employment discrimination. Initially, the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the NYS Human Rights Law, and the New York…

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