NYC Human Rights Law

This week, “Treme” and “Finding Forrester” actor Rob Brown filed two class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Both lawsuits – one against Macy’s (13-cv-8092) and the other against the City of New York (13-cv-8094) – arise from his alleged unlawful detention for credit card fraud on June 8, 2013…

Read More Actor Rob Brown’s “Shop and Frisk” Lawsuits Against Macy’s and the City of New York
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Recently, in Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment Group, the New York Supreme Court (NY County) dismissed plaintiff’s sexual harassment and related claims arising from the alleged conduct of her co-worker (Gadsden). In this “pure” hostile work environment case (i.e., one in which plaintiff did not suffer a “tangible employment action”), plaintiff alleged that shortly after Gadsden…

Read More Theater Not Strictly Liable for Sexual Harassment by Co-Worker; Masturbation in Plaintiff’s Presence Did Not Constitute Assault
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Here is the race and national origin discrimination lawsuit filed on November 6, 2013 by Moselle Blanco against Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd., Max Cantey, and Monique Hagan. Plaintiff alleges, for example, that her co-worker Max Cantey subjected her to racially derogatory remarks (such as calling her “taco smoke” and “burrito face” and saying that she “had…

Read More Race and National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit Against Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd.
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Plaintiff and former school principal Michelle Askin alleged in a discrimination lawsuit that she was “subjected to unfair and excessive scrutiny and reprimands during 2010 to 2011, including an investigation into allegations of misconduct” and then terminated.  At the time, plaintiff was 54 and served as the principal of a school she had founded. In…

Read More Age Discrimination Complaint Against Dept. of Education Dismissed; No “Inference of Discrimination”
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On October 28, 2013, the Southern District of New York issued its opinion in Guzman v. NY Post, holding that plaintiff Sandra Guzman presented sufficient evidence to proceed on her hostile work environment, discriminatory termination, and retaliation claims. The decision was (I am sure happily) covered by the Daily News here. Plaintiff is a black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican…

Read More Hostile Work Environment, Sexual Harassment, and Race/National Origin Claims Continue Against New York Post and Col Allan
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In Colon v. Fashion Institute of Technology, the Southern District of New York ruled on employment discrimination and retaliation claims brought by two plaintiffs, both Hispanic women, against FIT.  It considered claims brought by Genette Colon, a student aide, and Elvimar Rivas, a secretary, under various laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),…

Read More Court Rules on Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Against Fashion Institute of Technology
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In a recent discovery order in Chen-Oster v. Goldman, Sachs & Co. – a putative class action in which plaintiffs allege that the Goldman Sachs defendants “engaged in a pattern of gender discrimination against female professional employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” and the NYC Human Rights Law – Southern District Magistrate…

Read More Court Cites and Applies Broad Discovery Rules in Pattern/Practice Gender Discrimination Case Against Goldman Sachs
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Below and here is the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Sherina Thomas against EONY and EONY’s owner David Shavolian in the Supreme Court of New York (Index No. 158961/2013). Plaintiff alleges, among other things, that defendant Shavolian forced plaintiff to show him her breasts and proceeded to “fondl[e]” and “jiggl[e]” them; asked her whether she “shave[s]…

Read More Sexual Harassment Complaint Alleges Supervisor Made Sexually Explicit Remarks and Forced Plaintiff to Watch Him Urinate
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A recent federal court decision illustrates the rights that tenants, particularly those in New York City, have against discrimination outside the employment context. In Ponce v. 480 East 21st Street LLC, the court held that plaintiff stated a sex discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law, and retaliation claims under that statute…

Read More Tenant States Claims Under the Fair Housing Act and New York City Human Rights Law Following Sexual Harassment By Superintendent
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