Race/Color Discrimination

In Zheng-Smith v. Nassau Health Care Corporation, 2021 WL 4097316 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2021), the court, inter alia, affirmed summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s race and national origin based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the applicable black-letter law as follows: Hostile work environment claims under both Title VII and…

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In Johnson v. Ford Motor Company, 2021 WL 3928920 (6th Cir. Sept. 2, 2021), the court reversed the lower court’s Order granting defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of race-based hostile work environment/harassment under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. From the decision: [T]he district court erred in granting summary judgment to Ford on the…

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In Ahmad v. Colin Day, et al, 20 Civ. 4507, 2021 WL 3700552 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 20, 2021), the court denied the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination. In sum, plaintiff asserts that his former employer and two individual defendants discriminated against him because of his race, color, religion and national…

Read More Motion to Compel Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims Denied; Claims Did Not “Arise Out Of” Confidentiality Agreement
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In Thomas v. The City of New York, No. 150877/2021, 2021 WL 3624928 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 10, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim for race discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. From the decision: A plaintiff states a claim of discrimination under…

Read More Discrimination Claim Against NYC, Based on Involuntary Overtime, Reassignment, and Replacement, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Hunt v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 18-CV-7262, 2021 WL 3492716 (EDNY Aug. 9, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based failure-to-promote claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 (Title VII) and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). After summarizing…

Read More Race-Based Failure-to-Promote Claim Insufficiently Alleged, Court Holds
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In Johnson v. PRIDE Industries, Inc., No. 19-50173, 2021 WL 3440524 (5th Cir. Aug. 6, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. (Note: the EEOC submitted an Amicus Curiae, i.e., “friend of the court,” brief in this…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Racial Epithets Were Not “Isolated”
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In Byer v. Periodontal Health Specialists of Rochester, PLLC et al, 2021 WL 3276725 (2d Cir. August 2, 2021) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated a district court’s order granting summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s racial harassment case asserted under the New York State Human Rights…

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In Avent v. Target Corporation et al, 19-1565, 2021 WL 3089120 (NDNY July 22, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based “adverse action” discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I wrote about the court’s assessment of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims here.)…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim, Based on “Adverse Actions”, Sufficiently Alleged Against Target
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In Avent v. Target Corporation et al, 19-1565, 2021 WL 3089120 (NDNY July 22, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The court explained: [T]he Court found that Plaintiff sufficiently stated…

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In Lewis v. Anron Air Systems, Inc., No. 503355/2019, 2021 WL 2916973 (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County July 12, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race and gender discrimination claims. From the decision: Here, the defendant demonstrated as a matter of law that plaintiff’s termination from her position…

Read More Gender, Race Discrimination Claims Dismissed; Business Slowdown Justified Layoffs, Court Holds
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