Statute of Limitations

In Roy v. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, 16-3064-cv (2d Cir. March 23, 2017) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal, on timeliness/failure-to-exhaust-remedies grounds, of plaintiff’s claims of discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. From the Order: We conclude that the district court properly dismissed Roy’s complaint on the ground that…

Read More Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed For Failure to Timely File EEOC Charge; Equitable Tolling Not Applied

In Rogers v. Fashion Inst. of Tech. et al, No. 14-CV-6420 (AJN), 2017 WL 1078572 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 21, 2017), the court granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s (an African American part-time adjunct professor in FIT’s production management department) claims of race discrimination. (This decision follows a prior dismissal and…

Read More FIT Professor’s Race Discrimination Claims Proceed in Part

In Frederick v. JetBlue Airways Corp., No. 16-1373-CV, 2016 WL 6885714 (2d Cir. Nov. 22, 2016) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) as being time-barred – i.e., filed…

Read More “Equitable Tolling” Does Not Save Time-Barred Discrimination Claims

In Legrá v. Bd. of Educ. of the City Sch. Dist. of the City of N.Y., No. 14-CV-9245 (JGK), 2016 WL 6102369 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 19, 2016), the court dismissed plaintiff’s employment discrimination complaint – alleging employment discrimination, retaliation, and harassment – on statute of limitations and other grounds. Here’s the law: An action alleging an employer’s…

Read More Days-Late Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

In addition to being difficult to prove, employment discrimination cases are riddled with procedural minefields. One wrong step, and boom: your case is over. A recent decision, Miller v. St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hosp. Ctr. d/b/a Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hosp., No. 15-cv-7019, 2016 WL 1275066 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 2016), illustrates that in the law, seemingly mundane…

Read More Checking Wrong EEOC Box Results in Dismissal of Claim as Time-Barred

In Kane v. 247 Real Media, 14-cv-2482, 2015 WL 1623832 (SDNY April 7, 2015), the court explained and applied the “administrative exhaustion” requirement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff – a transgender woman – alleged that she was subjected to discrimination based on her race, color, gender, and national origin.…

Read More Failure to File at EEOC Dooms Federal Transgender Discrimination Claims

In Herrington v. Metro-North Commuter R.R. Co., decided June 17, 2014, the First Department affirmed the Supreme Court’s (Judge Rakower) dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and retaliation claims under the New York City Human Rights Law. First, the court held that plaintiff failed to state a claim for discrimination based on sexual…

Read More Comments Were Too Remote in Time to Support Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Under NYC Human Rights Law

The Appellate Division, First Department held, in Walzer v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (decided May 13, 2014), that plaintiff’s gender discrimination claims should not have been dismissed: Applying the liberal pleading standards applicable to employment discrimination claims under the State and City Human Rights Law, plaintiff has stated causes of action for violations of the Human…

Read More First Department Reinstates Gender Discrimination Claims

Often, the facts that give rise to employment discrimination, hostile work environment, or constructive discharge claims will give rise to state law claims such as assault, battery, or intentional infliction of emotional distress. This is what happened in Castagna v. Luceno and Majestic Kitchens. There, plaintiff alleged that her boss, Bill Luceno, engaged in physically abusive…

Read More Filing EEOC Charge Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations for Related State Tort Claims