In Jackson v. Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Flowers, Greenberg & Eisman, LLP, 2016 NY Slip Op 26300 (NYC Civil Ct. Kings Cty. Sept. 23, 2016), the court dismissed, on reconsideration, plaintiff’s claim that defendant was liable under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Plaintiff, who worked as the personal chauffeur for Howard Fensterman, alleged that the…Read More Law Firm Managing Partner’s Driver Held Exempt From FMLA Coverage
In Tiffany v. Dzwonczyk, 2016 WL 3661410 (N.D.N.Y. July 5, 2016), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claim asserting retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The court summarized the law: The Second Circuit recognizes two claims under the FMLA: (i) interference with FMLA rights; and (ii) retaliation for exercising FMLA rights. … To…Read More FMLA Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Yearlong Work Absence Was Not FMLA-Protected, Evidence of Causation Lacking
In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America et al, 15-888-cv (2nd Cir. March 17, 2016), the Second Circuit vacated a district court’s Order granting defendants summary judgment and dismissing plaintiff’s claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: Plaintiff Cathleen Graziadio, an employee at the…Read More FMLA Retaliation and Interference Claims Survive Summary Judgment; Case Continues Against HR Director as FMLA “Employer”; ADA “Associational Discrimination” Claim Properly Dismissed
In a recent complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, Moore v. Despont Studios LLC et al, 15-cv-00619, plaintiff – an architect and former employee of Despont Studios LLC d/b/a The Office of Thierry W. Despont, Ltd. – asserts claims of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. From her complaint: In stark contrast to its progressive…Read More Lawsuit: Pregnancy/Gender Discrimination, FMLA Retaliation Allegations Against Despont Studios LLC d/b/a The Office of Thierry W. Despont, Ltd.
In a recent lawsuit captioned Schultz v. Congregation Shearith Israel of the City of New York et al (SDNY, 15-cv-07473, filed 9/22/15), plaintiff alleges that her employer, described in the complaint as “the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States”, fired plaintiff “immediately after learning that when her Orthodox marriage ceremony was performed, she was also…Read More Lawsuit Alleges Unlawful Termination by Jewish Congregation for Having Pre-Marital Sex
In a lawsuit captioned Quindi v. Yoon Corp, Myong C. Song and Yoon J. Chang, 15-cv-00920 (EDNY 2/20/15), plaintiff – a machine worker – alleges pregnancy discrimination against her employers. She asserts claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act), the Family and Medical Leave…Read More Factory Worker’s Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
In Mathew v. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, a Summary Order dated 11/13/14, the Second Circuit explained that, in a case alleging retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), courts “are decidedly not interested in the truth of the allegations against plaintiff when evaluating pretext”, and are rather “interested in what motivated the employer.”…Read More Second Circuit Reiterates That Employer’s Motivation, Rather Than Truth of Allegations Against Employee, Are Key in Evaluating FMLA Retaliation Claims
Here is the complaint recently filed by Mets executive Leigh Castergine against Sterling Mets Front Office LLC and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wilpon. Plaintiff alleges that she was discriminated against by Wilpon because she had a child without being married (a practice Wilpon was “morally opposed to”), and then fired for complaining about discrimination.Read More Mets Executive Alleges She Was Fired For Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy
In Ji Sun Jennifer Kim v Goldberg, Weprin, Finkel, Goldstein, LLP (decided June 3, 2014), the Appellate Division, First Department held that the plaintiff’s claims of retaliatory termination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws were not collaterally estopped by a prior federal court decision dismissing her claims under the Family and…Read More Dismissal of FMLA Claims Does Not Preclude Assertion of State/City Human Rights Law Retaliation Claims, First Department Holds
Happy Memorial Day. According to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website, Memorial Day commemorates those who died in military service. It is a day of remembrance and reflection. Keep in mind that there are laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, that provide protections to family members of military members. The New York…Read More Happy Memorial Day!