Race/Color Discrimination

In Banks v. General Motors, LLC, 2020 WL 6827707 (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and gender-based hostile work environment claims. “Plaintiff seeking to establish a Title VII hostile work environment claim must show that ‘the workplace is permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult, that is sufficiently severe or…

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In Hand v. New York City Dept. of Correction, No. 160415/2019, 2020 WL 6746634 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s for gender and race discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. From the decision: Here, a review of the complaint shows that…

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In Francis v. Ideal Masonry, Inc., 2020 WL 6737463 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 17, 2020), a race discrimination case, the court (upon review of a Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation) denied defendants’ motion to vacate a default judgment. Plaintiffs, who are both Black males and immigrants. alleged that while employed by defendant, their supervisor, “used racist epithets…

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In Butler v. City School District of New Rochelle et al, 2020 WL 6639121 (S.D.N.Y., 2020), the court denied plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of its decision to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The court explained that such a motion is subject to a strict standard, which requires the movant…

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In Langlois v. Hartford Board of Education et al, 2020 WL 6278722 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court wrote: [W]e agree with the district…

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In Cardwell v. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP et al, 19-cv-10256, 2020 WL 6274826 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 24, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. In sum, plaintiff – a law firm associate – alleged (inter alia) that he was suffered a hostile work environment on account of his race, in…

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In Gausney-Cruz v. City of New York, No. 151766/2020, 2020 WL 5900906 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 30, 2020), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s discrimination claims on statute of limitations grounds. Specifically, plaintiff filed their complaint alleging unlawful termination approximately seven years after they were terminated. It was undisputed that…

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Ordinarily I write about decisions issued by New York state courts, federal district courts located in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court. Here, however, I’ll make an exception and stray from these jurisdictional/geographic limits, in order to discuss a decision issued by the…

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In a recent case, Rubert v. Daniel King, et al, 2020 WL 5751513 (SDNY Sept. 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate treatment (termination) discrimination claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. (I wrote about the court’s denial of defendants’ motion with respect to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim here.)…

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In Toombs v. New York City Housing Authority, 2020 WL 5650423 (2d Cir. Sept. 23, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the law, the court issued the following explanation as to plaintiff’s prima…

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