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In Figueroa v. KK Sub II et al, 15-cv-6526, 2018 WL 573571 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2018), the court (inter alia) denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s retaliatory termination claims under Title VII and the New York State Human Rights Law. In sum,[1]As always, this is a brief summary of the facts of…

Read More Retaliatory Termination Case Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included instruction to “Keep An Eye On” Plaintiff
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From JILL S. MEYER, M.D., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. DAVID J. SHULKIN, SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, Defendant-Appellee,, 2018 WL 480478, at *2 (C.A.2 (N.Y.), 2018) (Summary Order): There is no basis to infer age discrimination from Meyer’s failure to obtain the staff psychiatrist position: she fails to identify any evidence that the reason the NJ VA did…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim Properly Dismissed; Hiring of Younger Workers Alone Insufficient
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In McGuire-Welch v. The House of the Good Shepherd, 16-4095, 2018 WL 443487 (2d Cir. Jan. 17, 2018) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. The court applied the principle that “anti-discrimination law does not…

Read More Stupid and Wicked? Maybe. Discrimination? Not Necessarily
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In Watson v. Emblem Health Servs., 2018 NY Slip Op 00123 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 9, 2018), the court reversed a lower court’s decision granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law. In sum, plaintiff’s claims arose from defendant’s refusal to reinstate plaintiff and…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Basso v. EarthLink, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 00030 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 2, 2018), the court affirmed summary judgment in defendants’ favor on plaintiff’s claims of gender and age discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Plaintiff carried her “de minimis burden” of showing a prima…

Read More Age/Gender Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed; Pretext Not Shown
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In Breitstein v. Michael C. Fina Co., 2017 NY Slip Op 08883 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 21, 2017), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s religious discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation causes of action under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This decision teaches/confirms that, in a discrimination case, the question is not…

Read More Religious/Age Discrimination & Retaliation Claims Properly Dismissed Against Michael C. Fina
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In Venezia v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., Sunglass Hut Trading, LLC, 2017 WL 4772437 (2d Cir. Oct. 23, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment dismissal[1]Venezia v. Luxoticca Retail North America Inc., 13-cv-4467, 2015 WL 5692146 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2015) of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims. Plaintiff, a white male,…

Read More Discrimination, Retaliation, Hostile Work Environment Claims Properly Dismissed Against Sunglass Hut
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In Freeman v. Rochester Psychiatric Center, 12-cv-06045 (WDNY Sept. 20, 2017), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s disparate treatment race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was undisputed that plaintiff was a member of a protected class and that he was qualified for his…

Read More Citing Employee’s “Serial Killer” Comment, Court Dismisses Race Discrimination (Disparate Treatment) Claim Against Rochester Psychiatric Center
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In Caruso v. Bon Secours Charity Health System, Inc., 16-3107-cv, 2017 WL 3638203 (2d Cir. Aug. 24, 2017) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment in defendant’s favor on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and retaliation claims. As to the discrimination claims, the court explained: Substantially for the reasons stated by the District Court, we conclude…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race/Sex/National Origin/Age Discrimination Claims; Fight With Co-Worker, Not Unlawful Bias, Was Reason for Termination
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In Vaughn v. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway et al, No. 14-CV-10297 (KMK), 2017 WL 3017503 (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that he was subjected to discrimination – by being terminated and suspended – because of his race, in violation of Title VII…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Supervisor’s Use of the “N-Word” and Favorable Treatment of White Co-Worker
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