Judge: Paul A. Engelmayer

In Lyons v. New York Life Insurance Company, 2021 WL 1405602 (S.D.N.Y., 2021), an employment discrimination case, the court granted plaintiff’s motion to compel certain discovery from defendant. In sum, plaintiff – who worked as a Long-Term Care Consultant (LTCC) – asserts claims for gender and age discrimination and retaliation, as well as for unequal…

Read More Court Discusses Use of Prior Acts as Background Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases
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In Beards et al v. Bronxcare Health System et al, 2021 WL 704177 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 23, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of race- and religion-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. After concluding that…

Read More Citing Productivity Decline, Court Dismisses Race and Religion-Based Discrimination Claims
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In a recent case, Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC v. Midvale Indemnity Company, 20-cv-05818, 2021 WL 276655 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 27, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant insurance company’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff attorney’s complaint, which sought a declaration that the firm’s commercial property insurance policy covered its losses caused by stay-at-home and social-distancing…

Read More “Virus Exclusion” Defeats Attorney’s Insurance-Coverage Claim
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In Brittany McHenry v. Fox News Network et al, 2020 WL 7480622 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 18, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: The Amended Complaint adequately pleads claims against Murdoch for sexual…

Read More Gender Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Claims Sufficiently Stated Against George Murdoch by Brittany McHenry
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From James v. NYC Health & Hospitals Corp. et al, 2017 WL 3923675 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 6, 2017): Defendants argue that Waiters’s alleged conduct was not sufficiently severe or pervasive as a matter of law. See Def. Br. at 12 (claiming conduct “lacks any semblance of concreteness, vulgarity or even obscenity”). That evidence, however, is sufficient…

Read More Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.
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In Washington v. Borough of Manhattan Cmty. Coll., No. 16 CIV. 6168 (PAE), 2016 WL 7410717 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 21, 2016), the Southern District of New York dismissed plaintiff’s claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws against the Borough of Manhattan Community College, since she did not comply with the notice of…

Read More Court Dismisses State/City Human Rights Law Employment Discrimination Claims Against NYC Community College (BMCC) Due to Failure to File Notice of Claim
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A recent decision, Smith v. JPMorgan Chase, No. 15 CIV. 808 (PAE), 2016 WL 5339548 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2016), is instructive on the law governing settlement agreements, including those claimed to bar Title VII discrimination claims. In this case, the African American plaintiff alleged that she “was terminated after an internal investigation for a violation of…

Read More Court Holds That Settlement Agreement Was Broad Enough to Include Title VII Claims
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In Taft v. Agric. Bank of China Ltd., No. 15 CIV. 5321 (PAE), 2016 WL 80209 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 6, 2016), the Southern District of New York ruled on defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s whistleblower retaliation claim under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Plaintiff alleged that “she was subjected to frequent sexually charged comments and gender-related…

Read More Court Interprets Retaliation Provision of the Bank Secrecy Act
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In Erasmus v. Deutsche Bank Americas Holding Corp. et al, No. 15 CIV. 1398 (PAE), 2015 WL 7736554 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2015), the Southern District of New York (Judge Engelmayer) dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment and discrimination claims, but permitted plaintiff’s retaliation claims (albeit in limited form) to continue. Plaintiff, a heterosexual male, alleged in…

Read More Retaliation Claims, But Not Discrimination & Hostile Work Environment Claims, Remain Against Deutsche Bank
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