NYC Human Rights Law

In Cunningham v. New York Junior Tennis League, Inc., 18-CV-1743, 2020 WL 916964 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims. After summarizing the legal standards for hostile work environment claims under federal, state, and city law, the court applied the law…

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In Adeniji v. U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau NY Regional Office, 2020 WL 882166 (S.D.N.Y. 2020), the court dismissed the claims by plaintiff – a Census Bureau employee – for employment discrimination. Initially, the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims of discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the NYS Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Census Bureau Employee’s Employment Discrimination Claims Dismissed

In Hodge v. New York City Transit Authority, No. 11006, 11007, 159612/18, 655191/18, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 01008, 2020 WL 716782 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Feb. 13, 2020), the Appellate Division, First Department, upheld the termination of petitioner’s employment. From the decision: The termination of petitioner Hodge’s employment based on conduct that, if proven in court,…

Read More Termination Did Not Violate Arrest/Conviction Discrimination Statutes, Court Finds

In Reichman v. City of New York, No. 2016-03043, 8141/12, 2020 WL 465159 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Jan. 29, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. Plaintiff (a self-identifying-Jewish firefighter) alleged, among other things, that a fellow firefighter made an anti-Semitic remark, and that the plaintiff was subjected to…

Read More Firefighter’s Religion-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed

In Rogoff v Long Island University, No. 510388/2019, 2020 WL 337067, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30147(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Jan. 21, 2020), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Turning to plaintiff’s claims based on New York State…

Read More Age Discrimination Sufficiently Alleged by Long Island University (Brooklyn) Professor, Court Holds

In some cases, displays of racially- and/or sexually-charged content (e.g., videos) at work might be evidence of actionable employment discrimination. That is, of course, not an ironclad rule. Consider, for example, the recent case of Johnson v. IAC/InterActiveCorp, 2020 NY Slip Op 00488 (NY App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 23, 2020), in which the New York Appellate…

Read More “Offensive” Content Shown at Work Insufficient to Demonstrate Disparate Treatment, Court Holds

In Roberman v. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Holdings, LLC, No. 508293/2019, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 20013, 2020 WL 253372 (NY Sup Ct, Kings Cty. Jan. 13, 2020), the court held that plaintiff – a hearing-impaired individual – did not state a claim for disability discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. Plaintiff alleged, in…

Read More Public Accommodation Discrimination Lawsuit Against Movie Theater Dismissed

In Mejia v. White Plains Self Storage Corp., 2020 WL 247995 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court based its decision as to that claim on the NYCHRL’s limited geographic applicability. The court summarized the law as follows:…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law’s Geographic Limitations Explained and Applied

The New York City Human Rights Law was recently amended, yet again, to enhance the protections available to NYC workers. Effective January 11, 2020, the statute – one of the (if not the) broadest civil rights laws in the country – protects freelancers and independent contractors in addition to, e.g., “employees” and interns. The new…

Read More NYC Human Rights Law Expanded to Protect Freelancers and Independent Contractors