Judge: Denise Cote

In Restaurant Law Center & NYS Restaurant Association et al v. City of New York, 21-cv-4801, 2022 WL 409190 (S.D.N.Y. February 10, 2022), the court rejected a challenge, mounted by plaintiffs, to a 2021 amendment to New York City’s Fair Workweek Law. In 2017, NYC enacted the Fair Workweek Law (N.Y.C. Admin. Code §§ 20-1201…

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In Cruz v. City of New York et al, No. 21-cv-1999, 2021 WL 5605139 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff stated claims for disability discrimination in the form of a failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and the…

Read More Disability Discrimination (Failure to Accommodate) Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against NY Health & Hospitals Corp.
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In Kalarickal v. Denis McDonough, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, 20-cv-10249, 2021 WL 5112907 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim (in one respect). Plaintiff, a former contract employee (radiology technician) who worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asserted various forms of discrimination and…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Arising From Termination Weeks After Discrimination Complaint, Survives Dismissal
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In Kalarickal v. Denis McDonough, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, 20-cv-10249, 2021 WL 5112907 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim on the basis of his age, color, disability, national origin, race, and religion. This case illustrates that a “hostile work environment” does not exist merely by virtue…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Allegations of “Burdensome” Work Schedule, Swearing, and Thrown Phone Held Insufficient
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In Ali v. Westchester Medical Center et al, 2021 WL 1022615 (S.D.N.Y. March 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claim. From the decision: Summary judgment is granted as to Ali’s claim of discrimination based on national origin. Ali has not established a prima…

Read More Medical Residency National Origin (Egyptian) Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Geller v. de Blasio et al, 2020 WL 2520711 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), the court denied plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to enjoin the City of New York from enforcing an Executive Order of March 25, 2020 and its restriction on non-essential gatherings. This decision provides a primer of how…

Read More Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to NYC Executive Order Restricting Non-Essential Gatherings
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In Ahmed v. American Museum of Natural History, 18-3295-cv, 2019 WL 5302824 (2d Cir. Oct. 21, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s retaliation claims. In sum, plaintiff asserted that defendants retaliated against him for objecting to sexual harassment that he witnessed, in violation of Title VII of the…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Based on Sexual Harassment Complaint, Dismissed Against American Museum of Natural History
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In Agostini v. EmblemHealth, Inc. et al, 16-cv-7119, 2018 WL 3350324 (S.D.N.Y. July 9, 2018), the court held that plaintiff was entitled to pursue her claims in federal court, notwithstanding the existence of an arbitration provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between her union and her employer. Here’s the law, as summarized by the…

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In Mayer v. Time, Inc., 17-cv-5613, 2018 WL 1738322 (S.D.N.Y. April 9, 2018) (J. Cote), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sex and age discrimination case on the ground of forum non conveniens. The court explained the legal principles applicable to the doctrine, including by noting the three factors to be considered: (1) the degree of deference to be…

Read More Sex, Age Discrimination Claims Dismissed Under Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine; U.K. Was More Appropriate Forum
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