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In Corso v. New York State Dept. of Corrections & Community Supervision, 2019 WL 2869573 (NDNY July 3, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Title VII does not impose “a general…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Isolation, Hostile Comments and “Attitudes” (Etc.) Insufficient
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A recent decision, Dotson v. City of Syracuse et al, 18-cv-750, 2019 WL 2009076 (N.D.N.Y. May 7, 2019), underscores that so-called “hostile work environment” claims require more than simply “derogatory”, “boorish”, or “offensive” language. The court summarized the well-established law applicable to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim: In determining whether conduct constitutes a hostile work…

Read More Derogatory, Boorish Language Did Not Give Rise to Hostile Work Environment
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In Rea v. New York State Dept. of Transportation, 2019 WL 1409977 (N.D.N.Y. March 28, 2019), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In sum, the court held that the DOT may not be sued in federal court, in light of the Eleventh Amendment: The DOT is an…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim (ADEA) Against NYS Dept. of Transportation Dismissed on Eleventh Amendment Grounds
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In Baker v. Medical Answering Services, LLC, 18-cv-00870, 2019 WL 634654 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 14, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint, finding that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Plaintiff has, however, failed to plausibly allege circumstances giving rise to…

Read More Inference of Discrimination Not Sufficiently Alleged; Employment Discrimination Complaint Dismissed
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In Chin v. Alejandro Torres et al, 2018 WL 6435898, at *2 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 7, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment complaint, citing the well-established principle that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not applicable against individual defendants. As summarized by the court, plaintiff “alleges that she was employed in…

Read More Court Dismisses Title VII Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Individual Defendants
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In a decision handed down yesterday, Collins v. Resource Center for Independent Living, 17-CV-0925, 2018 WL 5983377 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2018), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss – on the pleadings, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) – plaintiff’s Title VII race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [T]he Court finds that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed on the Pleadings; Court Cites Absence of Racially Derogatory Statements
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In Wilson v. National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. et al, 2018 WL 5886438 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race- and gender-based hostile work environment claims. Here is the court’s summary of the relevant law: To state a hostile work environment claim in violation of Title VII, a plaintiff must plead facts that…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Alleged Racial Comments Were Not Heard Firsthand
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In Yaghi v. Pioneer Bank, 16-cv-663, 2018 WL 4903226 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2018), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment. As to the plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: Even construing Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint and his arguments in opposition to summary judgment broadly, there are only two events…

Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Be Careful of Those Arabs” Comment Insufficient
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In Wheeler v. The Bank of New York Mellon, 2018 WL 3730862 (N.D.N.Y. August 6, 2018), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – a Mexican woman – plausibly asserted a failure-to-promote employment discrimination claim. In reaching this conclusion, the court pointed to plaintiff allegation that the less-qualified American woman was given the position instead.…

Read More Failure-to-Promote Claim Survives Dismissal Against BNY Mellon
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In a recent decision, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Draper Development LLC, 15-cv-877, 2018 WL 3384427 (N.D.N.Y. July 11, 2018) – a quid pro quo sexual harassment case – the court denied the parties’ (including defendant’s) motion for summary judgment. This case arose from a the denial of employment of two female applicants (J.J. and A.R.) and…

Read More “Sex For Job” Text Message Supports Sexual Harassment Claim; Summary Judgment Denied
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