Sexual Orientation / LGBTQ Discrimination

In Hester v. Board of Education of Prince George’s Cnty., Civil Action No. TDC-22-0128, 2022 WL 7088293 (D.Md. October 12, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of a sex-based hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As to whether the alleged…

Read More Teacher’s Title VII Sex/Sexual Orientation-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Dismissal
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In Doe v. Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections et al, No. 4:19-CV-01584, 2022 WL 3219952 (M.D.Pa. Aug. 9, 2022), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims asserted under the Equal Protection Clause. As to plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim, the court explained: Here,…

Read More Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment and Constructive Discharge Claims, Asserted Under the Equal Protection Clause, Survive Summary Judgment
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In Gamble v. Fieldston Lodge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center et al, No. 20-CV-10388-LTS, 2022 WL 1778488 (S.D.N.Y. June 1, 2022), the court granted defendant’s motion, for judgment on the pleadings under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c), on plaintiff’s claim of sexual orientation discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of…

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In Crowley v. Billboard Magazine, No. 19-cv-7571, 2021 WL 6033608 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 21, 2021), the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims of sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. This…

Read More Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Sending Sexually-Charged Messages Was Sufficient Reason For Termination, Notwithstanding That The Conduct Was Not Specifically Forbidden
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In Kouri v Eataly N.Y. LLC, No. 14538, 158476/14, 2021-00047, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 06044, 2021 WL 5113230 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. Nov. 04, 2021), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims arising from his ejection from Eataly. As to plaintiff’s public accommodation discrimination claims asserted under the New…

Read More Public Accommodation (Sexual Orientation) Discrimination Case Proceeds Against Eataly NY LLC
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In Hutting v. Independent Living, No. 2017-09639, 6011/15, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 05551, 2021 WL 4763056 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Oct. 13, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of sexual orientation discrimination, as well as retaliation under the Family & Medical Leave Act. As to plaintiff’s discrimination claims, the court explained: The Supreme…

Read More Sexual Orientation Discrimination, FMLA Claims Properly Dismissed
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In Domen v. Vimeo, Inc., 2021 WL 4352312 (2d Cir. Sept. 24, 2021) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sexual orientation and religion-based discrimination claims under the New York State Human Rights Law. Plaintiff, James Domen (the president and founder of the non-profit…

Read More Religious, Sexual Orientation Claims Properly Dismissed Against Vimeo Following Deletion of Account Promoting “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts” Content
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In Barney v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Service Corporation, 19 Civ. 5959, 2021 WL 4267629 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim sexual orientation-based hostile work environment asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law. Notably, the court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s…

Read More Sexual Orientation Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Under City, But Not State and Federal, Law
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In a recent decision, captioned Roenick v. Sam Flood et al, No. 20-cv-7213, 2021 WL 2355108 (SDNY June 9, 2021), the court dismissed claim of gender and sexual orientation discrimination asserted by former professional hockey player Jeremy Roenick. The court summarized the pertinent allegations as follows: The key events at issue here began when Roenick…

Read More Court Dismisses Jeremy Roenick’s Sex and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Arising From Termination Following Co-Worker Threesome Joke
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In Smyth v. City of New York, No. 157294/2017, 2021 WL 1667153 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Apr. 28, 2021) – an employment discrimination case – the court granted defendants’ motion for a protective order, and precluded plaintiff from conducting a deposition of its Acting General Counsel Sanford Cohen, on the ground that such…

Read More Discrimination Plaintiff Not Entitled to Depose City Counsel
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