Subject Matter Jurisdiction

In Reyes v. Westchester County Health Care Corporation, d/b/a Westchester Medical Center et al, 2021 WL 4944285 (2d Cir. Oct. 25, 2021), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. While the court held that the district court erred in dismissing plaintiff’s claims asserted under the New York State Human…

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In Pakniat v. Moor, 2021 NY Slip Op 01856 (App. Div. 1st Dept. march 25, 2021), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, on the ground that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over those claims. Here, the plaintiff was…

Read More Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Claims Dismissed; Court Lacked Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over NY State and City Human Rights Law Claims Asserted by Montreal-Based Plaintiff
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In Bush v. Alliant Content, LLC, No. 151495/2020, 2021 WL 1204987 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 29, 2021), the court dismissed, with prejudice, plaintiff’s claim of employment discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). While that statute is comparatively broader than its federal and state counterparts, it will not apply…

Read More Finding Insufficient Connection to New York City, Court Strikes NYC Human Rights Law Claim From Employment Discrimination Complaint
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In a recent Order, captioned Bolanos v. Tanieka Misa Hooten, 21-cv-336 (SDNY Feb. 11, 2021) – a case in which plaintiff asserts a violation of New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (codified at N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 20-927 et seq) – the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted defendant’s motion…

Read More Court Dismisses “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Case For Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction
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A recent decision, Hager v. Steele, 2020 WL 4345735 (S.D.N.Y. July 29, 2020), provides a neat refresher of Civil Procedure basics, and could easily form the basis for a first-year law school exam – or even a Bar Exam (‘Tis the season) – question. Plaintiff initially filed the action in state court – alleging, inter…

Read More Age Discrimination Case Will Remain in Federal Court; Motion to Remand Denied
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In Culler v. New York State Unified Ct. Sys., 2019 NY Slip Op 32134(U) (Sup. Ct. Kings Cty. July 7, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims asserted under the New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds of sovereign immunity, explaining:[1]As noted by the court, the…

Read More NYCHRL Discrimination Claims Dismissed Against New York State Unified Court System
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Today the Supreme Court, in an opinion delivered by Justice Ginsburg, Ford Bend County, Texas v. Davis, No. 18-525, held that the EEOC charge-filing requirement, embodied in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is not “jurisdictional” (and thus does not relate to subject matter jurisdiction), but is rather a “claim-processing rul[] that…

Read More SCOTUS Holds That Title VII’s EEOC Charge-Filing Requirement is Not “Jurisdictional”
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In Rea v. New York State Dept. of Transportation, 2019 WL 1409977 (N.D.N.Y. March 28, 2019), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In sum, the court held that the DOT may not be sued in federal court, in light of the Eleventh Amendment: The DOT is an…

Read More Age Discrimination Claim (ADEA) Against NYS Dept. of Transportation Dismissed on Eleventh Amendment Grounds
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In a recent decision, Lovell v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, 2019 WL 1311128 (2d Cir. March 22, 2019) (Summary Order), the court held that the plaintiff lacked standing to pursue a federal claim of employment discrimination under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”). The court provides a summary of the…

Read More 2d Circuit: Plaintiff Lacked Standing to Pursue USERRA Claim
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In Graham v. Goodwill Industries, Inc., 16-cv-6468, 2018 WL 1318988 (EDNY March 14, 2018), the court held, inter alia, that it did not have subject matter jurisdiction over plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.[1]The court also, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under Title VII of…

Read More Federal Court Lacked Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Sexual Harassment Claims Adjudicated at State Agency
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