Race/Color Discrimination

In Boyce-Herbert v. New York and Presbyterian Hospital, 2020 WL 376788 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims.[1]Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s discrimination claims were time-barred, but addressed the merits of plaintiff’s claims in an “abundance of caution.” The court listed the elements that a plaintiff must demonstrate in…

Read More Age/Race/Gender/Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NY and Presbyterian Hospital

In some cases, displays of racially- and/or sexually-charged content (e.g., videos) at work might be evidence of actionable employment discrimination. That is, of course, not an ironclad rule. Consider, for example, the recent case of Johnson v. IAC/InterActiveCorp, 2020 NY Slip Op 00488 (NY App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 23, 2020), in which the New York Appellate…

Read More “Offensive” Content Shown at Work Insufficient to Demonstrate Disparate Treatment, Court Holds

From JASMINE BROWN, Plaintiff, v. MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER, et al., Defendants., 2019 WL 6878214 (S.D.N.Y., 2019): In my Opinion & Order, I observed that Defendant offered two non-discriminatory reasons “for Plaintiff’s termination: (1) Plaintiff’s act of working shifts during the leave she had been granted on December 5 and 6, 2013; and (2) Plaintiff’s failure…

Read More Court Denies Motion for Reconsideration of Summary Judgment Denial in Race Discrimination Case

In Barr v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, 17-cv-00378, 2019 WL 6828987 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2019), the court granted summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. This case involves, inter alia, the application of the so-called “continuing violation doctrine”, and in particular the scenario where a portion of the alleged hostile…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Held Time-Barred; Time Not Working for Defendant Couldn’t Be Considered

In Francis v. Kings Park Manor, Inc., No. 15-1823-cv, 2019 WL 6646495 (2d Cir. Dec. 6, 2019), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit resurrected plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination (under, inter alia, the Fair Housing Act), arising from plaintiff’s being subjected, by his next-door neighbor, to “a brazen and relentless campaign of…

Read More Fair Housing Act Covers Tenant-on-Tenant Racial Harassment, 2d Circuit Holds

In Poole v. EB Care at Garden City d/b/a The Bristal at Garden City et al, 19-CV-6222, 2019 WL 6352466 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 27, 2019), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and sexual harassment claims, asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, due to his failure to exhaust his administrative remedies. Plaintiff…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Claims Dismissed Due to Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies

Sixty-four years ago, on December 1, 1955, a 42-year-old woman named Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus en route home from a department store where she worked as a seamstress. Ms. Parks defied a directive from the bus driver to vacate her seat so that white passengers boarding the bus could sit; her…

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In Chauhan v. MM Hotel Management LLC et al, 18-cv-5963, 2019 WL 6118006 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 18, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s clams of race, national origin, and religion-based hostile work environment claims. First, the court summarized the legal standard: To establish a hostile work environment claim under Title VII, “a plaintiff must show…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed; 6 Incidents Over a 15 Year Period Insufficient