Judge: Andrew L. Carter

In a somewhat terse opinion, the court in Tantaros v. Fox News Network, LLC et al, 2022 WL 4614755 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2022) held that New York’s relatively recently-enacted CPLR § 7515 is inconsistent with (and preempted by) the Federal Arbitration Act, and dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment case. The court reasoned: In interpreting the Federal…

Read More Andrea Tantaros’ Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed; Federal Arbitration Act Preempts State Law Arbitration Statute
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In Stancu v. New York City/Parks Dept., 20-CV-10371(ALC), 2022 WL 4581844 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s religion-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: To establish a hostile work environment … a plaintiff must show…

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In Ibela v. Allied Universal, 20-cv-3800, 2021 WL 3077482 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2021), the court held that plaintiff’s failure to specify his “disability” was a fatal pleading defect, resulting in the dismissal of his complaint alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. From the decision: In his Amended Complaint, Plaintiff never specified what…

Read More Failure to Specify Disability Results in Dismissal of ADA Discrimination Complaint
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In Kraiem v. Jonestrading Institutional Services LLC, No. 19-5160, 2021 WL 2134818 (S.D.N.Y. May 26, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend her First Amended Complaint to include an “aiding and abetting” theory of liability against one individual defendant (Mazzullo). From the decision: Plaintiff sufficiently alleges that Mazzullo aided and…

Read More Aiding-and-Abetting Claim Against Individual Defendant Sufficiently Alleged in Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Case
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In Kohler v. Federal Emergency Management Agency, et al, 17-cv-07839, 2021 WL 1240322 (S.D.N.Y. April 2, 2021), the court, inter alia, ruled against plaintiff on her sex/gender-based hostile work environment claim. The court outlined the legal elements of such a claim: A plaintiff claiming that her employer created or tolerated a hostile work environment based…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against FEMA
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In Green v. New York City Transit Authority et al, 15-cv-8204, 2020 WL 5632743 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim. Federal & State Law As to plaintiff’s claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the…

Read More Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Name-Calling, Pornography
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In Caddick v. Personnel Co. I LLC, 16-cv-7326, 2018 WL 3222520 (S.D.N.Y. June 29, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII claims of gender and national origin discrimination claims because they were not properly “exhausted” at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The court explained: In Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, she has asserted that she was…

Read More Court: Discrimination Claims Must Be Separately Exhausted at the EEOC
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In Annelise Osborne, Plaintiff, v. Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Nick Levidy in his official and individual capacities, Defendants, 17-cv-01859, 2018 WL 1441392 (S.D.N.Y. March 22, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under federal and state law, but permitted those claims to proceed under the New York City Human Rights Law. The…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Against Moody’s Survives Under City Law, But Not Federal and State Law
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In Khaleel v. Heightened Security SVC Inc., 15-cv-1387, 2018 WL 1353266 (SDNY March 15, 2018), the court granted summary for defendant on plaintiff’s various claims, including for hostile work environment/sexual harassment, religious discrimination (failure to accommodate), and retaliation. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the court’s evaluation of plaintiff’s religious discrimination/failure to accommodate claim. The law,…

Read More Court Explains Dismissal of Religious Discrimination / Failure to Accommodate Claim
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Frequently, plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases will attempt to prove discrimination by reference to comments or remarks that allegedly demonstrate discriminatory intent. For the purpose of evaluating such evidence, courts have developed the “stray remarks” doctrine. The court in Luka v. Bard College, 2017 WL 2839641 (SDNY June 29, 2017) (J. Carter) recently explained: As a…

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