Judge: Lewis J. Liman

In Ball v. Marriott International, Inc., No. 19-cv-10593 (LJL), 2022 WL 4133207 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work sexual harassment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to how courts address the scenario…

Read More Waitress’s Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim, Based on Alleged Conduct by Hotel Guest, Not Imputed to Marriott
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In Diresta v. Biz2Credit Inc. et al, 21-cv-208, 2021 WL 6052104 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. From the decision: The Amended Complaint does not allege facts that either provide “minimal support for the proposition that the…

Read More Age Discrimination (Failure-to-Hire) Claim Dismissed
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In Brock v. Zuckerberg et al, No. 20-cv-7513, 2021 WL 2650070 (S.D.N.Y. 2021) (Liman, J.), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims asserting that defendants Facebook, Inc. (as well as Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, among others) violated his constitutional rights to free speech and due process by allegedly removing and blocking his Facebook posts. This decision is…

Read More Court Rejects First Amendment Claim Against Facebook et al
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In James v. Borough of Manhattan Community College et al, 20-cv-10565, 2021 WL 5567848 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claims of a race- and age-based hostile work environment. This case aptly illustrates that a “work environment” that might be “hostile” in the ordinary sense is not necessarily a “hostile work…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Climate of Fear” Allegation Insufficient
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In Saborit v. Harlem Hospital Center Auxiliary, Inc., et al, 19-cv-4686, 2021 WL 1063241 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2021), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (in an opinion authored by Judge Lewis Liman) denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act,…

Read More HIV+ Plaintiff’s Disability Discrimination Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Harlem Hospital Center
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In Gilbert v. Indeed, Inc., et al., 2021 WL 169111 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant Indeed’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims. Plaintiff’s complaint contains allegations of horrific sexual harassment, including rape. In addressing the enforceability, under New York law, of an agreement to arbitrate statutory discrimination…

Read More Court Compels Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Against Indeed
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In HC2, Inc. v. Delaney, 20-cv-3178, 2020 WL 7480675 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 18, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed the employee’s  whistleblower retaliation claims. The employee (Delaney) alleges that the employer (HC2) violated New York Labor Law §§ 740 and 215 by terminating his employment after he complained about HC2’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically,…

Read More COVID Whistleblower Retaliation (NY Labor Law § 740) Claim Dismissed
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In Bernstein v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 6564809 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s age-based hostile work environment and (related) constructive discharge claims. From the decision: First, a school system is entitled to ask a teacher when she plans to retire without automatically creating an inference that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment & Constructive Discharge Claims Dismissed Against NYC Dept. of Education
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In Milord-Francois v. The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General et al, 2020 WL 5659438 (SDNY Sept. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Court explained that plaintiff’s hostile…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Conduct by Subordinate Employee Held Insufficient
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In Colbert v. FSA Store, Inc., Health E-Commerce, and Jeremy Miller, 2020 WL 1989404 (SDNY April 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, SEction 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the New York State and City…

Read More Race Discrimination Complaint Survives Dismissal; Allegations Included “Coded Racial Comments”
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