Judge: David N. Hurd

In Butrym v. Sarsick et al, 20-CV-292, 2021 WL 1927073 (N.D.N.Y. May 13,  2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff plausibly alleged claims that defendants failed to accommodate her disability, and terminated her because of her disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized plaintiff’s claims, in part, as follows:…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claims Survive Dismissal; Court Notes Denial of Plaintiff Request for Separation From Alleged Harasser
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In Albertin v. Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, 2021 WL 1742280 (N.D.N.Y. May 4, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this post, I…

Read More Overtime, FMLA Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Upstate Hospital
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In Sears-Barnett v. Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc., 16-CV-426, 2021 WL 1202206 (N.D.N.Y. March 31 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment / hostile work environment claim. This case is an example of the “Faragher Ellerth” affirmative defense in action, and generally illustrates the risk associated with failing to timely assert a harassment…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed; Court Cites “Two Years of Silence” Pre-Complaint
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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 Naumovski v. Binghamton University, State University of New York, 3:11-CV-1097, 2019 WL 5445346 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 24, 2019), the court denied defendant’s motion to exclude, on hearsay grounds, alleged rumors of a relationship involving plaintiff. From the decision: Defendants contend plaintiff should be excluded from offering her own testimony or that of others regarding rumors…

Read More Rumors of Relationship Held Not Hearsay in Employment Discrimination / Sexual Harassment Case
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From McMahon v. Tomkins County, 16-CV-922, 2017 WL 4443884 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 2017) (J. Hurd): In determining whether a plaintiff suffered a hostile work environment, [a court] must consider the totality of the circumstances, including ‘the frequency of the discriminatory conduct; its severity; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating, or a mere offensive utterance; and whether…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Unpleasantness Was Unrelated to Protected Characteristics
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In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court discussed and applied the “continuing violation” doctrine/exception under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I addressed other aspects of this case, including the court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s “perceived as Muslim” discrimination claim, here.) The court summarized…

Read More Court, Finding “Continuing Violation Doctrine” Inapplicable, Dismisses Title VII Discrimination Claims as Time Barred
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In Le v. New York State, No. 1:16-CV-1517, 2017 WL 3084414 (N.D.N.Y. July 18, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. Plaintiff – a woman of Asian descent – alleged that “defendant has wrongly sided with, and failed to take corrective action against, plaintiff’s co-workers and supervisors, who…

Read More Court Dismisses “Perceived as Muslim” Title VII Discrimination Claim, Among Others
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