NYS Human Rights Law

In Sedhom v Suny Downstate Medical Center, No. 155837/2017, 2020 WL 1514710, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30881(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim for hostile work environment under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. As to the state law, the court held:…

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A recent decision, Brouillard v Sunrun, Inc., No. 518516-2019, 2020 WL 998990, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 30663(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Feb. 26, 2020), illustrates the difference between the New York State Human Rights Law and the comparatively broader New York City Human Rights Law – here, specifically, in the context of a claim…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Arising From Medical Marijuana User Status Sufficiently Alleged Under City, But Not State, Law

In Wang v. Air China Limited and LB Oceanfront Corp., 17-CV-6662, 2020 WL 1140458 (E.D.N.Y. March 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim. From the decision: After assessing the totality of the alleged conduct, the relevant factors, and the Second Circuit’s caution against “setting the…

Read More Sexual Harassment Claim Survives Summary Judgment

In Pignone v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 2020 WL 1140509 (N.D.N.Y. March 9, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, finding that there was no act committed by defendant within the relevant statute of limitations (here, three years under the New York State Human Rights Law). (while the court denied defendant’s motion to…

Read More Court Dismisses Hostile Work Environment Claim Against UPS on Statute of Limitations Grounds

In EEOC v. United Health Programs of America, Inc. and Cost Containment Group, Inc., 14-CV-3673, 2020 WL 1083771 (EDNY March 6, 2020), the court, inter alia, upheld a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs, who alleged that they were subjected to a religious discrimination and a religion-based hostile work environment in violation of Title VII…

Read More Religion-Based Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Jury Verdict for Plaintiff Upheld

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…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; “Relate to the Neighborhood” Comment Deemed Insufficient

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…

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In Averbeck v. Culinary Inst. of Am., 2020 NY Slip Op 01139 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Feb. 19, 2020), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claim against the Culinary Institute of America. Plaintiff, who was born and raised in Germany, was employed by Culinary Institute of America, from November 2004 through May…

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In Matter of New York State Unified Ct. Sys. v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 2020 NY Slip Op 01252 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 20, 2020), the court upheld a finding of disability discrimination on behalf of a hearing-impaired court officer. From the decision: The Commissioner’s finding of discrimination is supported by…

Read More Court Upholds Finding of Disability Discrimination of Court Officer