Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In Knox v. John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., 17-CV-772, 2021 WL 95914 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021) – a gender discrimination class action lawsuit – the court, inter alia, upheld the jury’s finding that defendant engaged in gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.…

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In Knox v. John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., 17-CV-772, 2021 WL 95914 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 12, 2021) – a gender discrimination class action lawsuit – the court, inter alia, held that the defendant was not permitted to invoke the “Bona Fide Occupational Requirement” (BFOQ) defense codified in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In…

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In Martinez v. McCarthy, 2020 WL 7579516 (2d Cir. Dec. 22, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims – asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – by plaintiff, a “dual status” employee of the U.S. Army.…

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In Jean v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2020 WL 7321057 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 3, 2020), the court dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for administering various federal anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment…

Read More Sovereign Immunity Precludes Lawsuit Against EEOC Based on Alleged Mishandling of Investigation of Employment Discrimination Claim
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In Kennedy v. Bernhardt, 2020 WL 7399050 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 16, 2020), the court, inter alia, declined to apply the “continuing violation doctrine,” and dismissed one of her claims on failure to exhaust and timeliness grounds. After summarizing the law, the court applied it to the facts: Here, the factual allegations in the Complaint do not…

Read More Continuing Violation Doctrine Held Inapplicable in Title VII Sexual Harassment Case
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In Agosto v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 7086060 (2d Cir. Dec. 4, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff high school teacher’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the elements of such a claim: To establish…

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In Agosto v. New York City Department of Education et al, 2020 WL 7086060 (2d Cir. Dec. 4, 2020), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff high school teacher’s same-sex sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim based on the alleged conduct of the principal (Ureña). In support of his claim that he suffered a…

Read More Same-Sex Hostile Work Environment/Sexual Harassment Claim Against NYCDOE Properly Dismissed
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In Pesce v. Mendes & Mount, LLP et al, 2020 WL 7028641 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Assessing the totality of the circumstances, and noting that the Second Circuit has “repeatedly cautioned against setting the bar too…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Against Mendes & Mount Survives Dismissal
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In Chibuzor v. Dr. Steven Corwin et al, 2020 WL 6905304 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s sex-based discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After summarizing the pertinent law, the court applied it to the facts: Here, Plaintiff fails to allege any facts suggesting…

Read More Sex Discrimination Claim Dismissed; Disagreement With Opposite-Sex Employee Not Enough
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In Kalia v. City University of New York, 2020 WL 6875173 (SDNY Nov. 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim(s). The court provides the following (well-established) overview of the “black letter law” in this area: [F]or Kalia’s Title VII hostile work environment claim to survive, he…

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