Race/Color Discrimination

In Felder v. United States Tennis Association, 2022 WL 663145 (2d Cir. March 7, 2022), the Second Circuit considered the question of what a Title VII plaintiff must adequately allege to plead the existence of an employer-employee relationship pursuant to the “joint employer” doctrine. The alleged facts, in sum/brief: a security company (AJ Security) hired…

Read More Second Circuit Clarifies Application of the “Joint Employer” Doctrine to Title VII Discrimination Claims
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In McKinney v. State of New York et al, 19-CV-3920, 2022 WL 602970 (S.D.N.Y. March 1, 2022), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s (a correction officer) race-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the “black letter” law of this claim as follows: To state a hostile work environment claim, Plaintiff must show that Defendants’…

Read More Off-Premises Conduct Did Not Give Rise to Racially Hostile Work Environment, Court Holds
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In Wilkins v. United Parcel Service, Inc. d/b/a UPS et al, 19-cv-8180, 2022 WL 597431 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of a race-based hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is a good example…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Survives Summary Judgment Against UPS
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In Harris v. Oscar De La Renta, LLC, 2022 WL 540659 (SDNY Feb. 22, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based failure-to-hire claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this case, the plaintiff states a claim for failure to hire. The…

Read More Race-Based Failure-to-Hire Discrimination Claim Will Proceed Against Oscar De La Renta
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In Gittens v. Winthrop Hospitalist Associates, P.C. et al, 19-CV-5070, 2022 WL 504490 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 18, 2022), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a race-based hostile work environment claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the New York State Human Rights Law. Initially, the court held that plaintiff did not state a…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim, Based on Assignment of “Menial Tasks”, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Milord-Francois v. New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General et al, No. 20-3646-cv, 2022 WL 480477 (2d Cir. Feb. 17, 2022), the court, inter alia, vacated the district court’s award of summary judgment on plaintiff’s race discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: Milord-Francois…

Read More Race-Based “Pretext” Employment Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Brown v. Montefiore Medical Center, 19-CV-11474, 2022 WL 392313 (S.D.N.Y. February 9, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint – which alleged employment (race) discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation – to allege constructive discharge stemming from a hostile work environment claim. (In a prior decision, dated March 25,…

Read More Request to Amend Race Discrimination Complaint to Add Constructive Discharge Claim Denied as “Futile”
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In Boatright v. U.S. Bancorp, 20-4236-cv, 2022 WL 351059 (2d Cir. Feb. 7, 2022), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s race- and gender-based discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New…

Read More Race, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Alleged “Shifting Explanations” Did Not Permit Finding of Pretext
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In Xu v. Omnicom Group Inc., No. 518453/2019, 2022 WL 135325, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 30133(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, Kings County Jan. 06, 2022), the court granted an individual defendant’s (John Wren) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of discrimination based on race (Chinese), national origin (China), disability, and age. This case is instructive as to…

Read More Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against, and Protective Order Issued Barring Deposition of, Individual Defendant
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In Richards v. The Department of Education of the City of New York et al, 21-cv-338, 2022 WL 329226 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff plausibly alleged retaliation. The court did, however, dismiss several of plaintiff’s other claims, such as for race- and religion-based hostile work environment. Accordingly, this case teaches…

Read More Retaliation Claim Survives, In Part, Against NY Dept. of Education
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