Judge: Katherine Polk Failla

In Maiurano v. Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, 2021 WL 76410 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged gender discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (though it dismissed plaintiff’s claim under the more stringent Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State…

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In Rivera v. NYC Department of Education, 2020 WL 7496282 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Focusing on the timely allegations, the only non-conclusory allegations in this category are that Fanning “acted very coldly” towards Plaintiff and that Plaintiff received negative performance evaluations for…

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In Mancilla v. ABM Industries, Inc., 2020 WL 4432122(S.D.N.Y. July 29, 2020), a sexual harassment/assault case, the court granted defendants’ motion to compel arbitration. The facts of this case, as alleged, are horrific: Plaintiff reported to work on the night of September 17, 2018, and was informed that her ABM supervisor that night would be…

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In Soto v. CDL (New York) L.L.C., 2020 WL 2133370 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020) (J. Failla), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s constructive discharge claim. The court summarized the law as follows (internal quotation marks and citations omitted): An employee is constructively discharged when his employer, rather than discharging…

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In Soto v. CDL (New York) L.L.C., 2020 WL 2133370 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020) (J. Failla), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. In a prior blog post, I addressed the court’s conclusion that plaintiff raised a triable issue issue of fact as to…

Read More Sexual Harassment (Hostile Work Environment) Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Court Differentiates Between Verbal and Physical Harassment: Part II
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In Soto v. CDL (New York) L.L.C., 2020 WL 2133370 (S.D.N.Y. May 5, 2020) (J. Failla), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. Here, plaintiff’s claim included physical and non-physical harassment. In evaluating defendant’s motion, the court noted that the Second Circuit has drawn…

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In Shojae v. Harlem Hospital Center et al, 2020 WL 1862293 (S.D.N.Y. April 14, 2020), the court held that the filing of a charge of discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) tolls the statute of limitations under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In this employment discrimination case,…

Read More Filing of EEOC Charge Tolls Statute of Limitations Under NYS and NYC Human Rights Laws, Court Holds
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A recent decision, Barney v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Service Corporation, 2020 WL 1699984 (SDNY April 8, 2020), illustrates the “extraordinary circumstances” justifying a delay in filing a federal discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the grounds of “equitable tolling.” Plaintiff asserted claims of sexual orientation-based discrimination and retaliation, and…

Read More Stabbing Justified “Equitable Tolling” of 90-Day EEOC Deadline in Discrimination Case, Court Holds
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In Ramirez v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 18-cv-12058, 2020 WL 470011 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 29, 2020), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Plaintiff has alleged that, throughout his time working at the Printing Center he was…

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In Bonilla v. City of New York et al, 18-cv-12142, 2019 WL 6050757 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 15, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination. Central to plaintiff’s claim was his being called “bobo” – which means “fool” in Spanish – several times. In reaching its conclusion, the court cited and applied…

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