NYC Human Rights Law

This week New York City lawmakers enacted (over a mayoral veto) a law prohibiting discrimination against out-of-work job seekers.  (Click here for similar proposed, but un-enacted, federal legislation.) Click here for the legislation’s text and history and here for a press release discussing it.  The law will take effect within 90 days of its enactment (March…

Read More New York City Enacts Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination Based On Unemployment
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Below is the complaint filed on March 13, 2013 by Alexandra Marchuk (a Vandy Law grad) against law firm Faruqi & Faruqi – a self-proclaimed “recognized leader in protecting the rights of employees“- and its partner Juan E. Monteverde for sexual harassment. Among other things, plaintiff alleges: Mr. Monteverde intensified his improper actions on the…

Read More Briefs & Blow Jobs: Prominent Plaintiffs’ Law Firm And Partner Sued For Sexual Harassment
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Revolutionary War, Part Deux? In a complaint captioned Bottoms v. World Class Learning Academy of New York et al filed on February 28, 2013 in NY state court by Sarah Bottoms against UK-based World Class Learning Academy of New York, plaintiff alleges breach of contract, as well as discrimination and retaliation under the NYS and…

Read More “Get Rid of the Americans”: Suit Against British School
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In a recent complaint, captioned Gurievsky v. Saatch & Saatchi, NY Sup. Ct. NY Cty., Index 151547/2013, plaintiff alleges (among other things) that a creative director referred to women as “pretty prostitutes” and said that he liked the style of plaintiff’s hair “because it made her look like she had ‘just been fucked’”, and that plaintiff…

Read More Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Branding Company
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In Hernandez v. Kaisman, 2012 NY Slip Op 09191 [103 AD3d 106], the Appellate Division, First Department recently clarified that hostile work environment claims brought under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) must be analyzed separately from, and more broadly than, similar claims brought under state and federal law. In this case the motion court…

Read More First Department Reinstates Plaintiff’s Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment Claims Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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Below is a copy of the lawsuit filed against the Metropolitan Opera by stage carpenter Teri Orsburn.   Ms. Orsburn alleges, among other things, sexual harassment, retaliation, negligent supervision and retention, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and battery.   [scribd id=106303619 key=key-1yu9nseehgn1xwe6sgxt mode=scroll]

Read More Sexual Harassment (Etc.) Suit Against Metropolitan Opera
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In Brathwaite v. Frankel (decided August 21, 2012), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously reversed a lower court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ disability discrimination claims under the New York City Human Rights Law. First, the court held that the trial court improperly treated defendants’ motion, brought under CPLR 3211(a)(7) and (10), as one for summary judgment because it…

Read More First Department Holds That Plaintiffs Adequately Pleaded Disability Discrimination Claim Under the NYC City Human Rights Law
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In MacMillan v. Millenium Broadway Hotel (SDNY June 11, 2012), the Southern District of New York found that the plaintiff successfully proved that he was subject to a racially hostile work environment.  While at work plaintiff encountered a voodoo doll with a “black face and pink lips” hanging from a bulletin board by a rope around…

Read More “Voodoo Doll Lynching” Race Discrimination Verdict Upheld
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In a Southern District of New York complaint, captioned Earl E. Brown v. AIG Investments and John P. Hornbostel, SDNY 12-cv-3243 (4/25/2012), plaintiff, an attorney, alleges claims of race discrimination and retaliation against AIG Global Asset Management Holdings Corp. and managing director John Hornbostel. Among other things, plaintiff asserts that Hornbostel made disparaging comments about African Americans,…

Read More Hey Hey Hey! “Fat Albert” & Other Comments Give Rise to Race Discrimination Lawsuit
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