Judge Lorna G. Schofield

In Bell v. SL Green Realty Corp. et al, 19 Civ. 8153, 2021 WL 516575 (SDNY Feb. 11, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. From the decision: The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff is Hispanic. “[T]he existence of a Hispanic ‘race’ has…

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In Thompson v. Corizon Health, Inc., et al, 18 Civ. 7139, 2021 WL 105767 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff presented enough facts to survive summary judgment on her sexual harassment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The parties do not dispute that Plaintiffs…

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In Tuan v. Flatrate Moving Network LLC, 2020 WL 4606318 (SDNY August 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the law as follows: To establish a hostile work environment under Title VII … a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Conduct, Including “Sarcastic” and “Belittling” Remarks, Was Sporadic
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A recent decision, Hager v. Steele, 2020 WL 4345735 (S.D.N.Y. July 29, 2020), provides a neat refresher of Civil Procedure basics, and could easily form the basis for a first-year law school exam – or even a Bar Exam (‘Tis the season) – question. Plaintiff initially filed the action in state court – alleging, inter…

Read More Age Discrimination Case Will Remain in Federal Court; Motion to Remand Denied
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In Katsoolis v. Liquid Media Group, Ltd., 2019 WL 6050972 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 15, 2019), the court ruled on proposed amendments to plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). This case is instructive as to how courts assess complaints for facial sufficiency vis-a-vis the issue of discriminatory motive/intent in an…

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In Hernandez v. New York City Department of Sanitation, 18-CV-1808, 2018 WL 5447540 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 2018), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims – reasoning that the complaint did “not allege facts sufficient to give rise to an inference of discriminatory intent on the part of Defendants.” Here is its summary of…

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In Saber v. New York State Department of Financial Services, 15-cv-5944, 2018 WL 3491695 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2018), the court held that the jury’s $2.5 million verdict was excessive, and held that $125k was more appropriate. The court summarized the evidence of emotional distress as follows: At the trial, Plaintiff testified that he felt “extremely…

Read More Court Remits $2.5 Million Emotional Distress Jury Award to $125,000 in Discrimination Case
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In Saber v. New York State Department of Financial Services, 15-cv-5944, 2018 WL 3491695 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2018), the court, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict that defendant discriminated against plaintiff – by not promoting him – because of his national origin (Iranian). Among the evidence of discrimination was a comment that plaintiff was “hiding yellow…

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In Iscenko v. City of New York, No. 16 CIV. 6535 (LGS), 2017 WL 2880553 (S.D.N.Y. July 5, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims The Complaint alleges that Defendants took adverse employment actions — suspended Plaintiff without pay, significantly diminished his responsibilities, filed charges against him and fired him — at least in…

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