Retaliation

In Jones v. CareandWear II, Inc., No. 656428/2020, 75 Misc. 3d 1205(A), 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 50383(U), 2022 WL 1483791 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. May 10, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim of retaliatory discharge in violation of New York’s general whistleblowing statute, NY Labor Law § 740.…

Read More Whistleblower (NY Labor Law § 740) Claim, Arising From Discharge Following Complaint of PPE Price-Gouging, Survives Dismissal
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In Hunley v. DTLR Villa, Inc., 22-CV-6010L, 2022 WL 1447737 (W.D.N.Y. May 9, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case teaches that a plaintiff may not prevail on such a claim by merely alleging that (a)…

Read More Title VII Sex/Race-Based Discrimination, Retaliation Claims Dismissed; Link Between Protected Class(es) and Adverse Action Was Lacking
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In Ibela v. Allied Universal, 2022 WL 1418886 (2d Cir. May 5, 2022), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim of retaliation asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After affirming the dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination claim (on the ground that plaintiff “did not allege…

Read More ADA Retaliation Claim Dismissal Vacated; Seeking a Reasonable Accommodation For Bipolar Disorder Was a “Protected Activity”
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In Mercado v. Mount Pleasant Cottage Union Free School District et al, No. 19-CV-9022 (NSR), 2022 WL 1239689 (S.D.N.Y. April 27, 2022), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (specifically, the “participation” prong of Title VII’s anti-retaliation clause). The court explained: Defendant…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim, Based on Agreement to Serve as a Witness, Sufficiently Alleged
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In Melendez v. New York City Transit Authority et al., No. 1576 4, 2021-02852, 2022 WL 1177462 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Apr. 21, 2022), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the lower court’s denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. From the decision: The record does not…

Read More Gender Discrimination, Retaliation Claims to Proceed Against NYC Transit Authority
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In Connolly v. City of New York, 2022 WL 843497 (2d Cir. March 22, 2022), the court, inter alia, vacated the lower court’s dismissal (on timeliness grounds) of plaintiff’s retaliation claim. From the decision: We first address the District Court’s decision to dismiss as time-barred Connolly’s retaliation claims arising before November 20, 2013. The District…

Read More Retaliation Claim Was “Reasonably Related” to EEOC-Filed Claims
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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 Scé v. City of New York, 2022 WL 598974 (2d Cir. March 1, 2022), the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated the district court’s award of summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s retaliation and aiding & abetting claims asserted in his Second Amended Complaint under the New York City Human Rights Law. (The court did,…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Involving Alleged “Baseless” Sexual Harassment Investigation, Resurrected From Summary Judgment Dismissal
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In Barbini v. First Niagara Bank N.A. et al, 16-cv-7887, 2022 WL 623184 (S.D.N.Y. March 3, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that she suffered retaliation for opposing sexual harassment. From the decision: After due consideration, the Court concludes that a material dispute of fact precludes summary…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Arising From Opposition to Sexual Harassment (Assisting With Complaint), Survives Summary Judgment
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In Pappas v. Moody’s Investor Service, No. 15360, 158504/19, 2021-01012, 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 01249, 2022 WL 548952 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Feb. 24, 2022), the court, inter alia, unanimously affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws (Executive Law § 296…

Read More First Department Affirms Dismissal of Discrimination & Retaliation Claims; Alleged Harasser’s Participation in Sexual Harassment Investigation Was Not “Protected Activity”
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