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In Parneros v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2020 WL 5350531 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that Barnes & Noble violated the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by firing him mere days before the equity payment for the prior year, when he served…

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In Kuperman v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 5123398 (S.D.N.Y. August 28, 2020), the court dismissed plaintiff’s race and religion-based claims of discrimination against the New York City Department of Education, finding that the NYCDOE was not a proper party. From the decision: Plaintiff’s claims against the New York City Department of…

Read More Race/Religion Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against NYC Department of Education; NYCDOE Not Proper Party
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In Harrisman v. The City of New York Department of Transportation et al, 2020 WL 5211043 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s religion-based hostile work environment claim. Initially, the court summarized the “black-letter” law governing this claim: To prove a prima facie case of a hostile work environment, a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Allegation That Female Co-Workers “Talked Too Much” Amounted to “Episodic”, “Inoffensive Utterances”
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In Olsson v. ABM Taxi Dispatch LaGuardia Airport, 2020 WL 5038742 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied what it construed as plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint to add a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Insufficiently Alleged; Motion to Amend Denied
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In Farooq v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation et al, 19-cv-6294, 2020 WL 5018387 (S.D.N.Y. August 25, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race/national origin/religion-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the applicable law as follows: To prevail on a hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim by Pakistani Pharmacist Plaintiff Dismissed Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.
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In Angulo v. 36th Street Hospitality LLC, 2020 WL 4936961 (S.D.N.Y. August 24, 2020), a sexual harassment/hostile work environment case, the court adopted the Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation (R&R) of damages to be awarded following the defendant’s default. Plaintiff’s allegations, as summarized by the court, are as follows: Plaintiff previously worked as a waitress…

Read More Sexual Harassment Plaintiff’s Damage Award Adopted by Court
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In Cocca-Rau v. Standard Insurance Company, 2020 WL 4207442 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff alleges that she suffered an adverse employment action (termination) because of her membership in a…

Read More Catholic Plaintiff’s Title VII “Reverse Religious Discrimination” Complaint Dismissed
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In Guillebeaux v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Services Corporation et al, 2020 WL 4731420 (S.D.N.Y. August 14, 2020) – a sexual harassment/hostile work environment case – the court denied plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the court’s earlier ruling declining to prevent a representative of defendant from attending the (remote) deposition of plaintiff. The court provides the following…

Read More Sexual Harassment Deposition May be Attended by Defendant Representative, Court Rules
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In Vucinaj v. New York City Police Department et al, 2020 WL 4677597 (SDNY Aug. 12, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. From the decision: It is clear, based on Plaintiff’s testimony, that he subjectively perceived the environment at the NYPD to be hostile during his tenure. But the acts…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Against NYPD Dismissed; Anti-Albanian Comments Were “Sporadic”
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In Tuan v. Flatrate Moving Network LLC, 2020 WL 4606318 (SDNY August 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the law as follows: To establish a hostile work environment under Title VII … a plaintiff must…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Conduct, Including “Sarcastic” and “Belittling” Remarks, Was Sporadic
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