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In Mauro v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 3869206 (S.D.N.Y. July 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation dismissing plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted against the New York City Department of Education under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Against NYC Department of Education Dismissed; “Not a Good Fit” Comment Notwithstanding
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In Lester v. Mount Pleasant Cottage School Union Free School District, 2020 WL 3618969 (SDNY July 2, 2020) (J. Karas), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s failure-to-accommodate-disability claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applying the law to the facts, the court explained: Plaintiff alleges that he qualified as disabled…

Read More ADA Failure to Accommodate Claim Survives Dismissal
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In White v. WeWork Companies, Inc., 20-cv-1800, 2020 WL 3099969 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s discrimination claims. In reaching this determination, the court considered the application of the relatively recently-enacted Section 7515 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, which (among other…

Read More Court Finds Employment Discrimination Claims Must Be Arbitrated, Notwithstanding CPLR 7515
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In Shukla v. Deloitte Consulting LLP, 2020 WL 3181785 (S.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race/national origin discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law. The court also dismissed several of plaintiff’s other claims, including his gender, race and national origin discrimination claims under Title VII, Section…

Read More Citing “Expendable Indian” Comment, Court Finds Plaintiff Plausibly Alleged Race/National Origin Discrimination Claim Under the NYC Human Rights Law
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In Langella v. Mahopac Central School District, 2020 WL 2836760 (SDNY May 31, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among other things, this decision is instructive as to how courts apply the (relatively recently established/confirmed) “but for” causation standard under the ADA. Plaintiff…

Read More Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Tinnitus, Hypertension Not “Disabilities”; Medical Conditions Not “But For Cause” of Adverse Actions
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In Gold v. Titlevest Agency LLC, et al., Defendants., 2020 WL 2835570 (S.D.N.Y. June 1, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In sum, plaintiff alleged (among other things) that her…

Read More “Hearsay”-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed
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In Moultry v. Rockland Psychiatric Center, 2020 WL 2765870 (SDNY May 28, 2020) (J. Roman), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of constructive discharge. From the decision: A “[c]onstructive discharge of an employee occurs when an employer, rather than directly discharging an individual, intentionally creates an intolerable work atmosphere that…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Rockland Psychiatric Center
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In Geller v. de Blasio et al, 2020 WL 2520711 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), the court denied plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to enjoin the City of New York from enforcing an Executive Order of March 25, 2020 and its restriction on non-essential gatherings. This decision provides a primer of how…

Read More Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to NYC Executive Order Restricting Non-Essential Gatherings
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In Pardovani v. Crown Building Maintenance Co., 2020 WL 2555280 (SDNY May 20, 2020), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. From the decision: Pardovani offers evidence to suggest that, far from an occasional occurrence, the word “nigger,” and derivations thereof, were used frequently and offensively in…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive; Evidence Included the Use of the “N-Word”
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In Jones v. Fox Rothschild LLP, 2020 WL 2521328 (S.D.N.Y. May 18, 2020), a sexual harassment case, the court transferred the case to the District of New Jersey. After summarizing the general principles governing the setting of venue in a federal district court – namely, that venue lies in a district “in which a substantial…

Read More Sexual Harassment Case Against Fox Rothschild Transferred to New Jersey
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