The “N” Word

Ordinarily I write about decisions issued by New York state courts, federal district courts located in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court. Here, however, I’ll make an exception and stray from these jurisdictional/geographic limits, in order to discuss a decision issued by the…

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In Trail v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, 17-cv-7273, 2020 WL 5504277 (SDNY Sept. 10, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. [1]I discussed the court’s denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to one aspect of plaintiff’s discrimination/disparate treatment…

Read More Title VII Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Olsson v. ABM Taxi Dispatch LaGuardia Airport, 2020 WL 5038742 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied what it construed as plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint to add a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Insufficiently Alleged; Motion to Amend Denied
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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 Lawrence v. Chemprene, Inc. et al, 18-CV-2537, 2019 WL 5449844 (SDNY Oct. 24, 2019), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. While plaintiff’s allegations were, in the court’s words, “revolting” – including use of the words “black motherfucker” and “stupid nigger” – they were insufficiently demonstrative of a hostile work…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Secondhand “Black Motherfucker” Comment, Among Others, Insufficient
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In McLeod v. General Vision Services, Inc. et al, 13-cv-6824, 2018 WL 3745662 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 6, 2018), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion on plaintiff’s race- and age-based hostile work environment claims. The court noted – in the portion of the decision where it assessed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims[1]The court dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claims…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Racial Epithets
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In Lamarr-Arruz & Ansoralli v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., 15-cv-04261, 2017 WL 4280690 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2017), the court denied defendant CVS’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. Here I will focus…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims Survive Summary Judgment; Court Clarifies Scope of 42 U.S.C. § 1981
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In Vaughn v. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway et al, No. 14-CV-10297 (KMK), 2017 WL 3017503 (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2017), the court (inter alia) denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that he was subjected to discrimination – by being terminated and suspended – because of his race, in violation of Title VII…

Read More Race Discrimination Claim Survives Summary Judgment; Evidence Included Supervisor’s Use of the “N-Word” and Favorable Treatment of White Co-Worker
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In Cromwell-Gibbs v. Staybridge Suite Times Square, No. 16 CIV. 5169 (KPF), 2017 WL 2684063 (S.D.N.Y. June 20, 2017), the court dismissed plaintiff’s Title VII race-based hostile work environment claim. The facts, in sum: Plaintiff Merrill Cromwell-Gibbs, an African-American woman, is the former Director of Housekeeping at Defendant Staybridge Suites Times Square [] In 2015,…

Read More N-Word Email Insufficient to Create a Hostile Work Environment, Court Holds
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