FRCP 12(b)(6)

In Krul v. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service et al, 2020 WL 6736886 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 17, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of gender-based hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the legal standard in the…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Voice Mocking
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In Butler v. City School District of New Rochelle et al, 2020 WL 6639121 (S.D.N.Y., 2020), the court denied plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of its decision to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The court explained that such a motion is subject to a strict standard, which requires the movant…

Read More Section 1981 Retaliation Claim Dismissed Against New Rochelle School District
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In Van Soeren v. Disney Streaming Service, 2020 WL 6131255 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 16, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s discrimination complaint asserted under, e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff – a male product designer and former at-will employee of defendant – asserted that he was subject to pregnancy discrimination…

Read More Title VII Discrimination Claim, Based on Wife’s Pregnancy, Dismissed; “New Parent” Status Not Protected Class
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In Bernstein v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 6564809 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and (related) constructive discharge claims. From the decision: First, a school system is entitled to ask a teacher when she plans to retire without automatically creating an inference that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment & Constructive Discharge Claims Dismissed Against NYC Dept. of Education
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In Nagaraj v. Sandata Technologies, LLC, 2020 WL 6482194 (EDNY Nov. 4, 2020), the court adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation finding that plaintiff may proceed on his claim of  a hostile work environment based on race discrimination culminating in a constructive discharge. This decision is instructive on the scope of a federal statute,…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal
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In Torre et al v. Charter Communications, Inc. d/b/a Spectrum, 2020 WL 5982684 (S.D.N.Y. October 8, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged her disparate-pay discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. After…

Read More Pay Discrimination Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Charter Communications d/b/a Spectrum
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In Hodge v. ABACO, LLC, 20-1186-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, based on the language of an offer letter by plaintiff’s employer. Plaintiff began working for defendant on October 1, 2018. Before that,…

Read More Breach of Employment Contract Claim Dismissed; Offer Letter Did Not Contain Guarantee of Employment of Five Years
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In a recent case, Rubert v. Daniel King, et al, 2020 WL 5751513 (SDNY Sept. 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate treatment (termination) discrimination claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. (I wrote about the court’s denial of defendants’ motion with respect to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim here.)…

Read More Race Discrimination (Termination) Claim Dismissed Against Walmart et al
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In a recent case, Rubert v. Daniel King, et al, 2020 WL 5751513 (SDNY Sept. 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. After summarizing the relevant law, the court applied it to the facts: Here, Plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Walmart et al Under 42 U.S.C. § 1981
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