Retaliation

In Clarke v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 6047426 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights…

Read More Retaliation Claims Dismissed Against the NYC Department of Education; “Adverse Action” Preceded “Protected Activity”
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In Hodge v. ABACO, LLC, 20-1186-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, the bad things that plaintiff alleged happened to her did not amount…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Exclusion From Meetings and Other Vaguely-Alleged Conduct Did Not Qualify as “Adverse Employment Actions”
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In Leslie v. New York University, No. 156583/2018, 2020 WL 5819730, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 33203(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Sep. 29, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. The court summarized the law as follows: To make a prima…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissed; “Passing Reference” to “Discrimination” Did Not Qualify as “Protected Activity”
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In Crump v. The New York City Housing Authority, No. 163138/2015, 2020 WL 5874852 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 02, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that he was subject to retaliation (for complaining of discrimination and harassment based on his sexual orientation) in violation…

Read More Retaliation Claim Against NYC Housing Authority Survives Summary Judgment
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In Kilcullen v. The New York and Presbyterian Hosp., No. 650470/2015, 2020 WL 4048130 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County July 15, 2020), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s claims of retaliatory discharge in violation of New York’s whistleblower laws (Labor Law 740, 741), as well as constructive discharge. In…

Read More Whistleblower Claims Dismissed; Employer’s Refusal to Accept Resignation Retraction Not an “Adverse Employment Action”
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In Sotolongo v. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles et al, 19-CV-3282, 2020 WL 4261194 (E.D.N.Y. July 24, 2020) (J. Garaufis), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff claim of retaliation asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this case, as in many others, plaintiff’s…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Against NYS DMV Dismissed; Eight-Month Gap Defeats Causation
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In Peddy v. L’Oreal USA, Inc., 18-cv-7499, 2020 WL 4003587 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed (on summary judgment) plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. While the court ultimately based its decision on the fact that plaintiff failed to establish the element of “causation” as part…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissed; Court Discusses What Constitutes “Protected Activity”
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In Brown v. City of New York, 2020 NY Slip Op 03721 (App. Div. 1st Dept. July 2, 2020), the First Department unanimously affirmed the lower court’s Order granting defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. As with many retaliation cases, this decision turned on whether…

Read More First Department Affirms Dismissal of Retaliation Claim Against City of New York Under NYC Human Rights Law; Temporal Proximity Lacking
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In Smith v. Global Contact Holding Co., No. 156087/2019, 2020 WL 3485542 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County June 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. The court explained the legal standard as follows: To make out a prima…

Read More Retaliation Claims Sufficiently Alleged Under the NYS and NYC Human Rights Laws
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