NYC Human Rights Law

From Cruz v. SEIU Local 32 BJ et al, 19-cv-11836, 2021 WL 3604661 (S.D.N.Y., 2021): The Complaint states a claim against the Union for discrimination pursuant to NYSHRL and NYCHRL based on allegations that the Union chose to arbitrate Borici’s workload grievance but not Plaintiff’s. The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff and Borici had workloads of…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Survive Against Union, Based on Disparate Arbitration of Grievances
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In Modica v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Education et al, 20-CV-4834, 2021 WL 3408587 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 4, 2021), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a disability-based hostile work environment claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court reached this conclusion after determining that plaintiff did not sufficiently allege claims under federal law (the…

Read More Disability-Based “Ridicule” at Meeting Sufficient to State Discrimination Under NY City, but Not Federal and NY State, Law
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In Doe v. Vajpayee, No. 155961/2020, 2021 WL 3290843 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 02, 2021) – a sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and sex/gender discrimination case – the court addressed the scenario in which plaintiff sought to characterize, as retaliatory, counterclaims asserted by defendant. The court initially denied plaintiff’s motion to dismiss…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Denied Opportunity to Amend Complaint to Add Claims to Assert Defamation Counterclaim Was Retaliatory
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In November 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an update to New York’s anti-SLAPP law that expands the rights and protections of defendants in lawsuits based on their right to free speech. “SLAPP” is an acronym for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” While New York had an anti-SLAPP law on the books for…

Read More Court Applies NY’s Recently-Enhanced Anti-SLAPP Law to Dismiss Defamation Claim Asserted By Queens Doctor
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In Hay v. New York Media LLC, 20-CV-6135, 2021 WL 2741653 (S.D.N.Y. July 1, 2021), the court discussed and applied the geographic limitations of the New York City Human Rights Law. The plaintiff in this case is Bruce Hay, a professor at Harvard Law School. He brought this lawsuit against the author (Kera Bolonik) and…

Read More MA Professor’s NYC Human Rights Law Sexual Harassment Claim Lacked Geographic Connection to NYC; Leave to Amend Complaint Denied as Futile
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In Bonaffini v. City University of New York and Anne Lopes, 2021 WL 2895688 (E.D.N.Y. July 9, 2021), the court addressed an interesting issue, namely: whether an individual defendant may be liable for discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, notwithstanding that their government employer is entitled to sovereign immunity. The…

Read More NYS and NYC Human Rights Law Discrimination Claims May Proceed Against Individual Provost, Notwithstanding CUNY’s Sovereign Immunity
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In Melendez v. New York City Transit Authority et al, No. 159390/2013, 2021 WL 2627513 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 24, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of gender discrimination / sexual harassment. This decision is instructive as to the issue of whether and to…

Read More Gender Discrimination / Sexual Harassment Properly Imputed to NYC Transit Authority Under NYC Human Rights Law, Court Holds
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In Corradino v. Liquidnet Holdings Inc. & Seth Merrin, 19 Civ. 10434, 2021 WL 2853362 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2021) (J. Schofield), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human…

Read More Retaliation Claims, Arising From Sexual Harassment Complaint, Sufficiently Alleged Against Liquidnet Holdings, Court Holds
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In Corradino v. Liquidnet Holdings Inc. & Seth Merrin, 19 Civ. 10434, 2021 WL 2853362 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2021) (J. Schofield), the court, inter alia, held that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged “hostile work environment” sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

Read More Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Sufficiently Alleged Against Liquidnet Holdings, Court Holds
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A recent decision, Boyce v. Bruce Weber and Little Bear, Inc., 19-cv-3825, 2021 WL 2821154 (S.D.N.Y. July 7, 2021), is instructive as to how courts resolve evidentiary issues arising in the context of sexual harassment claims. In this case, plaintiff (a fashion model) asserts claims for sexual harassment against defendant Weber (a fashion photographer) under…

Read More Court Rules on “Modus Operandi” Witnesses in Bruce Weber Sexual Harassment Case
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