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In Doton v. City of Syracuse, 11-CV-620, 2019 WL 6337326 (NDNY Nov. 27, 2019), a gender discrimination case, the court ruled on various motions in limine with respect to evidence the parties seek to introduce at the upcoming trial. Among other issues addressed by the court, defendants sought to preclude Plaintiff from offering “me too” evidence “regarding…

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In Buczakowski v. Crouse Health Hospital, Inc. et al, 18-cv-330, 2019 WL 6330206 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 26, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a constructive discharge claim. The court’s analysis, briefly summarized below, follows and builds on its finding that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment (which I discussed here). The…

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In Buczakowski v. Crouse Health Hospital, Inc. et al, 18-cv-330, 2019 WL 6330206 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 26, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment based on age and disability (cancer). After reciting the hostile work environment standard, the court held that plaintiff “established [defendant] and several of its employees…

Read More Age & Disability-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Sufficiently Alleged Against Crouse Health Hospital
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In Boger v. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, 17-cv-289, 2019 WL 6038545 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2019) – an age and discrimination case – the court, inter alia, precluded plaintiff from introducing so-called “me too” evidence from plaintiff’s co-workers who were also allegedly discriminated against. The court reasoned: Because Nagle and…

Read More Co-Worker Employment Discrimination Evidence Precluded as Prejudicial
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In Robinson v. Medical Answering Service et al, 5:18-CV-1222, 2019 WL 5653378 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 31, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on the ground that that claim was (a) not asserted in plaintiff’s EEOC filing, and (b) not “reasonably related”…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed as Not Administratively Exhausted at the EEOC; Not “Reasonably Related” to EEOC Gender Discrimination Claim
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In Naumovski v. Binghamton University, State University of New York, 3:11-CV-1097, 2019 WL 5445346 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 24, 2019), the court denied defendant’s motion to exclude, on hearsay grounds, alleged rumors of a relationship involving plaintiff. From the decision: Defendants contend plaintiff should be excluded from offering her own testimony or that of others regarding rumors…

Read More Rumors of Relationship Held Not Hearsay in Employment Discrimination / Sexual Harassment Case
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In Williams v. Service Tire Truck Ctr., 2019 WL 4894106 (NDNY Oct. 4, 2019), the court reviewed a Magistrate Judge’s findings with respect to plaintiff’s race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision illustrates, inter alia, how claims of race discrimination may – under certain circumstances – arise…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claims Proceed; African American Man Subject to Terms His Caucasian Co-workers Were Not
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In Bailey v. Sheehan, 2019 WL 3975453 (NDNY August 22, 2019), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: There remain a number of relevant factual disputes in this case as to what conduct Defendant actually engaged in, including whether Defendant yelled at Plaintiff and…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim, Including “Dominatrix” Comment, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Troise v. SUNY Cortland NY, 2019 WL 3817387 (NDNY 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a gender-based failure-to-hire claim. From the decision: Here, considering the allegations in the light most favorable to the non-movant, Plaintiff alleges that he and a woman applied for the same position. (Dkt. No. 1; Dkt.…

Read More Title VII Failure-to-Hire Claim Sufficiently Alleged by Male Plaintiff, Court Rules
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In Cao-Bossa v. New York State Dep’t of Labor, 18-CV-0509, 2019 WL 2743505 (N.D.N.Y. July 1, 2019), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff should be permitted to amend her complaint to add a claim for national origin discrimination. From the decision: As to Plaintiff’s claim for national origin discrimination, Defendant argues that amendment would…

Read More National Origin Discrimination Claim by Chinese Plaintiff May Proceed; Persons Identified as “American” Were Appropriate Comparators
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