Religion-Based Discrimination

In Penn v. New York Methodist Hospital, 2018 WL 1177293 (2d Cir. March 7, 2018), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race and religious discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the Opinion: [T]he district court did not err in applying the ministerial exception doctrine. While a…

Read More Citing the “Ministerial Exception,” 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Race/Religious Discrimination Claim
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In Isakov v. HASC Ctr., Inc. Druker, No. 17-CV-5775 (BMC), 2018 WL 1114714 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2018), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged a claim for religion-based employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff asserted, inter alia, that he was treated differently/unfairly after he stopped practicing “Orthodox” Judaism,…

Read More Race, Religious Discrimination Claims Stated Against HASC Center; Plaintiff Alleged Mistreatment Due to Switching From “Orthodox” to “Traditional” Judaism
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In Leizerovici v. Hasc Center, Inc., No. 17-CV-5774 (BMC), 2018 WL 1115348 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2018), the court held that plaintiff plausibly alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: [Plaintiff] claims that just months before he was terminated, Osipov [one of plaintiff’s supervisors] expressly…

Read More Plaintiff Plausibly Alleges Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim
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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 Fallon v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center of Southeastern Pennsylvanie, No. 16-3573 (3d Cir. Dec. 14, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, plaintiff hospital worker was terminated after he…

Read More Anti-Vaccine Stance Not “Religious”; Title VII Discrimination Claim Properly Dismissed
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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Athar v. The Museum of Jewish Heritage et al (SDNY 17-cv-9491 Dec. 7, 2017), the plaintiff – a Pakistani-American Muslim – alleges that the defendants (including the Museum of Jewish Heritage) discriminated against him based upon his race, religion, and national origin, and retaliated against him, in violation of Title…

Read More Race/Religion/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Museum of Jewish Heritage
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In Petit v. Department of Educ. of the City of N.Y., 2017 NY Slip Op 32541(U), 155523/2016 (Sup. Ct. NY Cty. Dec. 1, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s claims for discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Here I will discuss the court’s evaluation of plaintiff’s discrimination…

Read More Transfer to “Absent Teacher Reserve” Was Not an “Adverse Employment Action”; Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Ada Damla Demir, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Sandoz Inc., et al., Defendants-Appellants., 2017 WL 5328744 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 14, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged violations of New York’s Whistleblower Law (Labor Law 740) and employment discrimination claim (under the New York State Human Rights Law). Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s Whistleblower…

Read More Whistleblower, Discrimination, and Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Dismissal
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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 Bailey v. Sunrise Senior Living Management, Inc., 16-cv-7184, 2017 WL 4712220 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Amended Complaint – which purportedly alleged religion and national origin discrimination – because if did not address the deficiencies resulting in the dismissal of his original complaint. Like many cases, this one falters because plaintiff…

Read More Amended Complaint Dismissed; “You Are Not A Christian” Comment Insufficient to Plausibly Allege Religion or National Origin Discrimination
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