Judge: Jesse M. Furman

In Wilson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al, 20-cv-4558, 2021 WL 5179914 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently (i.e., plausibly) alleged a race-based hostile work environment under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Beginning with the City Law, the court explained: [Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint]…

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From Maragh v. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. et al, 16-CV-7530, 2021 WL 3501238 (S.D.N.Y. August 5, 2021): Maragh’s hostile work environment claim is based on the same evidence as his discrimination claim. Thus, it suffers from the same fatal defects, including the dearth of admissible evidence, allegations of facially neutral conduct, and the amorphous…

Read More Title VII Co-Worker Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against RIOC
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In Modica v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education et al, 20-CV-4834, 2021 WL 3408587 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 4, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff, a teacher, sufficiently alleged retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.…

Read More Teacher’s Retaliation Claim Proceeds Under Americans With Disabilities Act and Related Statutes
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In Modica v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education et al, 20-CV-4834, 2021 WL 3408587 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 4, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a disability-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court reached this conclusion after determining that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege claims under federal law (the…

Read More Disability-Based “Ridicule” at Meeting Sufficient to State Discrimination Under NY City, but Not Federal and NY State, Law
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A recent decision, Boyce v. Bruce Weber and Little Bear, Inc., 19-cv-3825, 2021 WL 2821154 (S.D.N.Y. July 7, 2021), is instructive as to how courts resolve evidentiary issues arising in the context of sexual harassment claims. In this case, plaintiff (a fashion model) asserts claims for sexual harassment against defendant Weber (a fashion photographer) under…

Read More Court Rules on “Modus Operandi” Witnesses in Bruce Weber Sexual Harassment Case
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From Wilson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., James Dimon, et al, 2021 WL 918770, at *5 (S.D.N.Y., 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: [Plaintiff’s] NYSHRL hostile work environment claim fails for…

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In Elias v. City oof New York et al, 19-CV-11411, 2021 WL 411435 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 5, 2021), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims (on timeliness grounds). From the decision: Conspicuously, Defendants do not move to dismiss on the ground that she fails to state HWE claims as a substantive…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Statute-of-Limitations Based Dismissal; Continuing Violations Doctrine Sufficiently Alleged
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In Chibuzor v. Dr. Steven Corwin et al, 2020 WL 6905304 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sex-based discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the pertinent law, the court applied it to the facts: Here, Plaintiff fails to allege any facts suggesting…

Read More Sex Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Disagreement With Opposite-Sex Employee Not Enough
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In Kalia v. City University of New York, 2020 WL 6875173 (SDNY Nov. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim(s). The court provides the following (well-established) overview of the “black letter law” in this area: [F]or Kalia’s Title VII hostile work environment claim to survive, he…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Insufficiently Alleged; Negative Conduct
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In Torre et al v. Charter Communications, Inc. d/b/a Spectrum, 2020 WL 5982684 (S.D.N.Y. October 8, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged sex and age discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the New York State and City Human Rights…

Read More Reporters Sufficiently Allege Sex and Age Discrimination (Specifically the Existence of “Adverse Employment Actions”) Against Spectrum
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