Judge: J. Paul Oetken

In Pesce v. Mendes & Mount, LLP et al, 2020 WL 7028641 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Assessing the totality of the circumstances, and noting that the Second Circuit has “repeatedly cautioned against setting the bar too…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Against Mendes & Mount Survives Dismissal
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In a recent case, Scalercio-Isenberg v. Morgan Stanley Services Group Inc., 2020 WL 4547317 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 6, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court summarized the law, in pertinent part, as follows: ADA disability discrimination claims are also subject to the McDonnell Douglas…

Read More Court Dismisses Failure-to-Hire ADA Disability Discrimination Claim, Citing Defendant’s Lack of Knowledge of Disability
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In Lively v. WAFRA Investment Advisory Group, Inc. et al, 2020 WL 4038350 (S.D.N.Y. July 17, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c)) on plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). From the decision: The complaint…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Court Finds That Sexual Harassment Allegation Against Plaintiff Was a More Likely Cause of Termination Than “Remote” Age-Related Comment
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In Pardovani v. Crown Building Maintenance Co., 2020 WL 2555280 (SDNY May 20, 2020), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Pardovani offers evidence to suggest that, far from an occasional occurrence, the word “nigger,” and derivations thereof, were used frequently and offensively in…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive; Evidence Included the Use of the “N-Word”
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In Valerio v. City of New York, 18-cv-11130, 2020 WL 353749 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of employment discrimination – based on his national origin, race, and color – in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

Read More NYPD Corrections Officer’s Title VII Disparate Treatment Claim Survives Dismissal; “Adverse Employment Action” Sufficiently Alleged
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In Burgos v. City of New York, 2019 WL 1299461, at *10–11 (S.D.N.Y., 2019), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim – though it did dismiss his claims of discrimination based on his race (Hispanic) and religion (Islam). The court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged the existence of one or…

Read More Sanitation Worker’s Title VII Retaliation Claim Survives Dismissal Against the City of New York
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In Geffner v. Quanta Services, Inc., 2018 WL 6807388 (S.D.N.Y. 2018), the court, inter alia, found that plaintiff failed to state claim(s) of employment discrimination – based, e.g., on his religion – against his supervisor (Austin). The decision is instructive as to how and when individual liability for employment discrimination may be imposed under 42…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Not Stated Against Individual Supervisor, SDNY Holds
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In Garcia v. The Comprehensive Center, LLC et al, 17-CV-8970, 2018 WL 3918180 (S.D.N.Y. Aug.16, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted plaintiff’s motion for default judgment on her race and gender discrimination (constructive discharge) claims. Plaintiff’s allegations are, to say the least, shocking: For the last two years of her employment, Garcia suffered increasingly abusive treatment…

Read More Default Judgment Granted as to Race, Gender Discrimination (Constructive Discharge) Claims
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In Picault v. World Business Lenders, 16-cv-3682, 2018 WL 748975 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 7, 2018) (J. Oetken), the Southern District of New York dismissed plaintiff’s (a Haitian-American man) national origin discrimination lawsuit. The court explained that a discrimination plaintiff “must satisfy his initial burden by showing (1) that he belonged to a protected class; (2) that…

Read More Citing “Stray Remarks” Doctrine, Court Dismisses National Origin Discrimination Case Based on “Haitian Voodoo” Comment
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In Lation v. Fetner Properties, Inc., 2017 WL 6550691 (S.D.N.Y., 2017), the court addressed claims by a Manhattan building concierge (plaintiff Lation) arising from harassment by a resident of, and an owner of one unit in, the condominium where plaintiff worked (defendant Thomas Chiu). The court compelled arbitration against Defendants 1212 Fifth Avenue Condominium and Fetner…

Read More Concierge Sufficiently Alleges Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, But Not Employment Discrimination, Claims Against Building Resident
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