“Stray Remarks” Doctrine in Employment Discrimination Law

In Zuckerman v. GW Acquisition LLC d/b/a G&W Industries et al, 20-CV-8742, 2021 WL 4267815 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 20, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s pregnancy/lactation-related unlawful termination claims. (The court also denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims, which I addressed in a separate post.) The court…

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In Karupaiyan v. CVS Health Corp. et al, 19 Civ. 8814, 2021 WL 4341132 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged claims of race discrimination against several defendants under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and the New York State and City Human…

Read More Race Discrimination Claims Survive Against CVS et al; Court Applies the “Stray Remarks” Doctrine
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In Lively v. WAFRA Investment Advisory Group, Inc., 2021 WL 3118943 (2d Cir. July 23, 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s award to defendant of judgment on the pleadings, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c), of plaintiff’s age discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under the Age…

Read More ADEA Age Discrimination Claim Dismissal (Judgment on the Pleadings) Affirmed, Notwithstanding Ageist Comments
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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 Mandeville v. NYC Health & Hospitals, No. 159748/2020, 2021 WL 2165639, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 31815(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County May 18, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged age discrimination under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Notably, this decision considers, and rejects, defendants’ attempt…

Read More Age Discrimination Claims Survive Dismissal Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.; Alleged Ageist Comments Were Not “Stray Remarks”
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In Jackson v. Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 19-CV-4099, 2021 WL 2255698 (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim, on the ground that the alleged racial comment was a “stray remark.” From the decision: The plaintiff has not established an inference of discrimination. She cites no evidence, and…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “Fat Black Bitch” Comment Was a “Stray Remark”
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In Ali v. Westchester Medical Center et al, 2021 WL 1022615 (S.D.N.Y. March 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claim. From the decision: Summary judgment is granted as to Ali’s claim of discrimination based on national origin. Ali has not established a prima…

Read More Medical Residency National Origin (Egyptian) Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Beards et al v. Bronxcare Health System et al, 2021 WL 704177 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 23, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of race- and religion-based 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. After concluding that…

Read More Citing Productivity Decline, Court Dismisses Race and Religion-Based Discrimination Claims
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In Tihan v. Apollo Management Holdings, L.P., No. 152196/2019, 2021 WL 274709 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 27, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s (a Turkish Muslim) claims of discrimination based on his national origin or religion. The court rejected plaintiff’s argument that his performance reviews…

Read More National Origin, Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against Apollo Management Holdings
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