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In Dash v. The Board of Education of the City School District of New York, No. 15-CV-2013, 2017 WL 838226 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 3, 2017), the court held that the plaintiff – a male, African American assistant principal – presented enough facts to overcome defendant’s motion for summary judgment (in part), and permitted his hostile work environment…

Read More Male Teacher/Assistant Principal’s Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Ahmed v. Astoria Bank, No. 14-CV-4595, 2016 WL 1254638 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discrimination and hostile work environment (race, religion, national origin) and retaliation. This decision is instructive on what is required to survive summary judgment on a Title VII hostile work…

Read More Alleged “Terrorist” (Etc.) Comments Were Insufficient to Survive Summary Judgment on Hostile Work Environment Claim; Retaliation Claim Dismissed For Failure to Exhaust Administrative (EEOC) Remedies
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In Tate v. Levy Rest. Holdings, LLC, No. 14-CV-2056, 2015 WL 9076230 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 16, 2015), the court stated and applied the standard for awarding attorney fees to a prevailing defendant in an employment discrimination case. You can read about the Eastern District’s dismissal of claims brought by the plaintiff – a gay male waiter who…

Read More Court Denies Attorney Fees to Prevailing Defendant in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case
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In Lopez v. Hollisco Owners’ Corp., No. 14-CV-3738, 2015 WL 7748358 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2015), the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the NYC Human Rights Law. In sum, the court held that an employer may “condition an employee’s return to…

Read More Hepatitis Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed Under the ADA’s “Business Necessity” Exception
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In Roberts v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. 13-CV-6161, 2015 WL 4509994 (E.D.N.Y. July 27, 2015), the Eastern District of New York denied defendant United Parcel Service’s post-trial motions and upheld the jury’s $100,000 verdict for plaintiff on her sexual orientation discrimination/hostile work environment and retaliation claims under the NYC Human Rights Law. From Judge…

Read More Court Upholds Jury Verdict (Liability and $100k Damages) in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Against UPS
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In Roberts v. UPS, 13-cv-6161 (Eastern District of New York), a jury recently awarded a discrimination plaintiff $50,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law ($25k compensatory for discrimination, $25k punitive for discrimination, $25k compensatory for retaliation, $25k punitive for retaliation). Federal subject matter jurisdiction was…

Read More $100,000 Jury Verdict for Victim of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Seapod Pawnbrokers have entered into a consent decree resolving a lawsuit, EEOC v. Seapod Pawnbrokers, Inc. et al., EDNY 14-cv-4567. (Here is the EEOC press release.) In its October 2014 amended complaint, the EEOC alleges that defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting female employees to…

Read More $300K Consent Decree in EEOC’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Seapod Pawnbrokers
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In Dillon v. Ned Management, Inc. et al., 13-cv-2622 (EDNY 2/2/15), the Eastern District of New York denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment, aiding and abetting, and retaliation claims. The decision offers a good review of the current state of the law under Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims Continue Against Ned Management
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The Eastern District’s recent decision in Tate v. Rocketball Ltd (decided 9/18/14) provides some insight into how courts assess discrimination claims arising outside the “typical” employer-employee relationship/setting. Plaintiff, a gay male, worked for a restaurant. Part of his job duties included bringing food and drinks to the Houston Rockets’ locker room while they were at Barclays Center…

Read More Waiter’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed Against Non-Employer Houston Rockets’ Owner
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In Martin v. J.C. Penney, decided by the Eastern District of New York on June 10, 2014, Judge Weinstein denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims under 42 USC 1981 and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Plaintiffs, “dark-skinned females who dress in stereotypically male attire”, sued after being detained for…

Read More Alleged Shoplifters’ Race and “Perceived Sex” Discrimination Claims Continue Against J.C. Penney
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