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In Gentleman v. State Univ. of N.Y.-Stony Brook, No. 16-CV-2012(ADS)(AKT), 2017 WL 2468963 (E.D.N.Y. June 6, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim of discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act. In sum, the court concluded that – applying the more lenient standard for “regarded as disabled” claims – plaintiff plausibly alleged that she “was…

Read More Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges “Regarded As” Disability Discrimination Claim Against SUNY
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In Wooding v. Winthrop Univ. Hosp., No. 16-cv-4477, 2017 WL 2559942 (E.D.N.Y. June 12, 2017), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged a racially hostile work environment. It provides a summary/overview of the pleading standards for this type of claim: To establish a hostile work environment claim under federal and New York State law, a…

Read More Racially Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged Against Winthrop University Hospital
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In Wooding v. Winthrop University Hospital et al, No. 16-cv-4477, 2017 WL 2559942 (E.D.N.Y. June 12, 2017) (J. Spatt), the court granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). It held that plaintiff plausibly alleged various claims, including race discrimination, retaliation, and hostile…

Read More Race Discrimination Plausibly Alleged Against Winthrop University Hospital; Complaint Referred to Use of the Word “Nigger” and “Coded” Racial Language
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In Love v. Premier Util. Servs., LLC, No. 15-CV-5698(ADS)(ARL), 2017 WL 2418268 (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2017), the court granted plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint to add a claim of a racially hostile work environment. Judge Spatt wrote: Accepting the allegations in the [proposed amended complaint] as true, Dunham is alleged to have witnessed one…

Read More Racially Hostile Work Environment Plausibly Alleged; Allegations Included the Use of the “N-Word”
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In Lopez v. East Hampton Union Free School District, No. 14-cv-1999, 2017 WL 2242874 (E.D.N.Y. May 20, 2017), the court, inter alia, denied defendant school district’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination and retaliation. As to her gender discrimination claim, the court held: Defendant has not met its burden in demonstrating…

Read More Gender Discrimination (Termination) and Retaliation Claims Survive Summary Judgment, Continue Against East Hampton Union Free School District
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In Conforti v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., No. 15-cv-5045, 2016 WL 4288699 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2016), the court held  that the Plaintiff “satisfied the minimal showing required at this motion to dismiss stage to plausibly allege that the Defendant’s decision to terminate her employment … was motivated at least in part by a discriminatory reason.” Judge Spatt…

Read More Replacement By Men, Sexist Comments, Etc. Among Facts That Plausibly Alleged Gender Discrimination
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In Love v. Premier Util. Servs., LLC, No. 15-cv-5698, 2016 WL 2853532, at (E.D.N.Y. May 13, 2016), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination (wrongful termination) and racially hostile work environment claims. Race Discrimination As to plaintiff’s race discrimination claim, Eastern District Judge Spatt ruled: [T]he complaint in this case clearly…

Read More Allegations Including “N” Word Use and Racist Confederate Flag-Flying Supervisor Sufficient to Plausibly Allege Race Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims
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In Geras v. Hempstead Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 13-CV-5094(ADS)(AYS), 2015 WL 9182980 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 17, 2015), the court noted that “although the standard for establishing a hostile work environment is high, … [t]he environment need not be unendurable or intolerable.” From the decision: [T]here is testimonial evidence that the Plaintiff was “harassed [and] belittled on…

Read More “Reverse” Race Discrimination Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Lee v. Winthrop University Hosp., 2015 WL 7161955 (E.D.N.Y.,2015), the Eastern District of New York explained its decision to grant defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismiss his employment discrimination complaint. As to his race discrimination claims: The Plaintiff attempts to create a genuine issue of material fact by asserting that the disciplinary warnings…

Read More Court Explains Reasons for Dismissing Race & National Origin Discrimination Claims Against Hospital
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In Aiola v. Malverne Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 15-CV-064 ADS GRB, 2015 WL 4276187 (E.D.N.Y. July 13, 2015), the court (among other rulings) dismissed plaintiff’s national origin (Italian) discrimination and hostile work environment claims on the pleadings. The court explained: [Plaintiff’s] Amended Complaint contains only one allegation relating to the Plaintiff’s national origin, namely,…

Read More “Costa Concordia Captain” Reference Insufficient to Support National Origin (Italian) Discrimination Claim
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