Judge: Ann M. Donnelly

In Santiago v. 1199 SEIU et al, 2020 WL 4350048 (E.D.N.Y. July 29, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff asserted – albeit, according to the court, non-specifically – that he was subjected to discrimination because of his alchoholism. From the decision: Although…

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In Boyce-Herbert v. New York and Presbyterian Hospital, 2020 WL 376788 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims.[1]Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s discrimination claims were time-barred, but addressed the merits of plaintiff’s claims in an “abundance of caution.” The court listed the elements that a plaintiff must demonstrate in…

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In Guity v. Uniondale Union Free School Dist., 2019 WL 3402280 (E.D.N.Y. July 26, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race/ethnicity-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff – a high school Spanish teacher – alleged among other things that she was targeted because she was…

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A recent case, decided by the Eastern District of New York on October 17, 2018, illustrates what does – and, as relevant here, does not – qualify as a “hostile work environment.” The decision is Thompson v. MTA New York City Transit et al, 17-cv-5857, 2018 WL 5045762 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2018). The court outlines…

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In Ivankovskaya v. Metro. Transportation Auth. Bus Co., No. 15-cv-5727, 2017 WL 3328166 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 3, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a retaliation claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).[1]I addressed this decision’s resolution of plaintiff’s hostile work environment and disability discrimination claims, respectively, here and here. Plaintiff worked as a…

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In Ivankovskaya v. Metro. Transportation Auth. Bus Co., No. 15-cv-5727, 2017 WL 3328166 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 3, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff worked as a bus operator for the MTA Bus Company. After being diagnosed with a disc herniation, she requested a “reasonable accommodation”…

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In Ivankovskaya v. Metro. Transportation Auth. Bus Co., No. 15-cv-5727, 2017 WL 3328166 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 3, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), on the ground that plaintiff did not plausibly allege that she suffered a “disability” within the meaning of the statute.[1]The court also granted defendant’s…

Read More Court Dismisses ADA Disability Discrimination Claim; Complaint Did Not Plausibly Allege That Plaintiff’s Medical Condition Was a “Disability” Because it Did Not “Substantially Limit” a “Major Life Activity”
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