Plaintiff Defeats Summary Judgment (Employment Discrimination/Pretext)

In a recent case, Kengerski v. Orlando Harper; County of Allegheny, 2021 WL 3199225 (3d Cir. July 29, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived the plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to the claim for so-called “associational…

Read More Title VII “Race-Association” Retaliation Claim, Arising From “Monkey” Comment, Improperly Dismissed on Summary Judgment, Third Circuit Holds
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In Gerald v. DCV Holdings, Inc., et al, 17-CV-6525, 2021 WL 2809915 (E.D.N.Y. July 6, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of race discrimination asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and the New York State Human Rights Law, and…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Survive Summary Judgment; Court Notes Evidence of Decades-Long Egregious Discrimination, Abuse, and Racist Language
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In Kane v. Club Helsinki, 18-cv-01355, 2021 WL 2457150 (N.D.N.Y. June 16, 2021), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim. In sum, plaintiff, a bartender, alleges that after he rebuffing sexual advances from defendant’s director of operations (Sullivan), his hours were cut and he was terminated. The court…

Read More Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Claim Against Club Helsinki Survives Summary Judgment; Inconsistent Reasons For Termination Created Triable Issues of Fact as to Pretext
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In Abdelal v. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, City of New York, No. 20-1436, 2021 WL 2025173 (2d Cir. May 21, 2021) (Summary Order) (Walker, Leval, Chin), the court vacated the lower court’s order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discrimination based on his Egyptian national origin, Middle Eastern ancestry, and…

Read More Egyptian / Middle Eastern / Muslim Plaintiff’s Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Ramos v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad et al, 2021 WL 1740644 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., May 04, 2021), the court held that plaintiff presented enough evidence to defeat defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of discriminatory termination, failure to accommodate, hostile work environment, and retaliation. As to plaintiff’s wrongful termination claim, the court held…

Read More Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation Claims Survive Against Metro-North
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In Saborit v. Harlem Hospital Center Auxiliary, Inc., et al, 19-cv-4686, 2021 WL 1063241 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2021), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (in an opinion authored by Judge Lewis Liman) denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act,…

Read More HIV+ Plaintiff’s Disability Discrimination Claims Survive Summary Judgment Against Harlem Hospital Center
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In Espinosa v. Weill Cornell Medical College, 18 Civ. 11665, 2021 WL 1062592 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim. From the decision: Espinosa adduces sufficient facts upon which the trier of fact may reasonably base an inference of gender discrimination. Direct evidence…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Against Weill Cornell Medical College Survives Summary Judgment
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In Gordon v. Consolidated Edison Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op 00492 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 28, 2021), the court held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to proceed on her failure-to-accommodate-disability discrimination claim under the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff, who worked for defendant as a financial analyst, suffered from irritable…

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In Massaro v. The Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al, 2021 WL 184364, at *6 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment (in part) on her retaliation claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act,…

Read More ADEA Retaliation Claim, Arising From Denial of Substitute Teaching Application Following EEOC Charge, Survives Summary Judgment
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