Judge: Brian Cogan

In Wallace v. City of New York, 19-cv-4545, 2020 WL 4336391 (EDNY July 28, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied plaintiff’s motion to reconsider its earlier decision dismissing plaintiff’s claim of race discrimination for failure to state a claim. This decision is instructive both as to what a plaintiff must allege to meet their pleading…

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In Kornmann v. City of New York Business Integrity Commission, 2020 WL 3165537 (E.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of disability discrimination. From the decision: For purposes of this motion, defendants do not dispute that plaintiff has satisfied the first three factors…

Read More Disability Discrimination Case Survives Summary Judgment Against City of New York Business Integrity Commission
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A recent decision from the Eastern District of New York, Henek v. CSC Holdings, LLC, 2020 WL 1516460 (E.D.N.Y. March 30, 2020) (J. Cogan), is instructive as to what a plaintiff must show – specifically, what will (in the court’s words) “not cut it” – when opposing a summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.…

Read More Religion/National Origin Discrimination Claims Dismissed; “Contentions” and “Beliefs” “Do Not Cut It”
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In Kallinikos v. New York State Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision et al, 2019 WL 3216769 (EDNY July 17, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged religious discrimination, in the form of a failure-to-promote, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court explained the applicable pleading standard:…

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In Anderson v. AlClear LLC, 18-cv-1525, 2018 WL 1318994 (EDNY March 14, 2018) (J. Cogan), the court dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims alleged under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, alleged (as summarized by the court) that management in the company was…

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In Isakov v. HASC Ctr., Inc. Druker, No. 17-CV-5775 (BMC), 2018 WL 1114714 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2018), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged a claim for religion-based employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff asserted, inter alia, that he was treated differently/unfairly after he stopped practicing “Orthodox” Judaism,…

Read More Race, Religious Discrimination Claims Stated Against HASC Center; Plaintiff Alleged Mistreatment Due to Switching From “Orthodox” to “Traditional” Judaism
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In Leizerovici v. Hasc Center, Inc., No. 17-CV-5774 (BMC), 2018 WL 1115348 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2018), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: [Plaintiff] claims that just months before he was terminated, Osipov [one of plaintiff’s supervisors] expressly…

Read More Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim
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In Singa v. Corizon Health, Inc., 2018 WL 324884 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 8, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment and discrimination (based on national origin) and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. Among other claims, plaintiff asserted, inter…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; Rudeness Insufficient
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It is an unfortunate reality that many employment discrimination cases are dismissed. These cases are often difficult to prove, and success requires navigating a path riddled with hurdles, ranging from statutes of limitation, to proper pleading, to dismissal on summary judgment following the completion of discovery. A recent example is Edwards v. N.Y. State Office of…

Read More Court Dismisses Born Again Christian’s Employment Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, and Retaliation Claims
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