Judge: Nicholas Garaufis

In Francis v. Ideal Masonry, Inc., 2020 WL 6737463 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 17, 2020), a race discrimination case, the court (upon review of a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation) denied defendants’ motion to vacate a default judgment. Plaintiffs, who are both Black males and immigrants. alleged that while employed by defendant, their supervisor, “used racist epithets…

Read More “Strategic”, “Willful” Default in Race Discrimination Case Will Not Be Vacated
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In Clarke v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 6047426 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights…

Read More Retaliation Claims Dismissed Against the NYC Department of Education; “Adverse Action” Preceded “Protected Activity”
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In Clarke v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 6047426 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender/pregnancy-based hostile work environment claims. Specifically, the court granted the motion regarding plaintiff’s claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Read More Pregnancy-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment in Part Against the New York City Department of Education
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A recent decision, Rimpel v. AdvantageCare Physicians, P.C., 2020 WL 5517281 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 14, 2020), discusses and applies the “stray remarks” doctrine as it applies to a claim of “disparate treatment” discrimination: From the decision: Here, no reasonable jury could conclude by a preponderance of the evidence that Plaintiff’s termination was partially motivated by age…

Read More Age Discrimination Claims Dismissed Upon Application of the “Stray Remarks” Doctrine
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In Zheng-Smith v. Nassau Health Care Corporation, 18-cv-2585, 2020 WL 55117486 (EDNY Sept. 14, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims alleged under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. The court explained the black-letter law as follows: Although courts are…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Mocking of Accent, Dismissed
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In Griffith v. Coney Food Corp. d/b/a Checkers et al, 2020 WL 4748452 (E.D.N.Y. August 17, 2020) – a gender/pregnancy discrimination case – the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff alleged sufficient facts that defendant (Checkers) is her “joint employer” under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. The court summarized the contours…

Read More Gender/Pregnancy Discrimination Plaintiff Overcomes Motion to Dismiss Based on “Joint Employer” Doctrine
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In a recent case, Jane Doe[s] v. JetBlue Airways Corporation et al, 2020 WL 4605216 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 11, 2020), the court discussed and applied Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s venue provision. The alleged facts of this case, involving the rape of female flight attendants, are horrific. However, the court did not address…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed; Eastern District of New York Venue Improper
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In Sotolongo v. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles et al, 19-CV-3282, 2020 WL 4261194 (E.D.N.Y. July 24, 2020) (J. Garaufis), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff claim of retaliation asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this case, as in many others, plaintiff’s…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Against NYS DMV Dismissed; Eight-Month Gap Defeats Causation
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In Mejia v. City of New York, 2020 WL 2837008, at *14 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Plaintiff asserts claims for quid pro quo sexual harassment under NYSHRL and NYCHRL. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when…

Read More Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed; Court Cites Absence of Action Following Rejection of Sexual Overture
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In Torres v. New York City Dept. of Education, 18-cv-2156, 2019 WL 2124891 (E.D.N.Y. May 15, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court explained that that statute “does not require an adverse employment action and a plaintiff must only provide evidence she was…

Read More Plaintiff Fails to Plead That He Was Treated “Less Well” Because of His Disability; City Law Retaliation Claim Dismissed
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