Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In Rivera v. JP Morgan Chase, 2020 WL 2787622 (2d Cir. May 29, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: To state…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Insufficient Details Alleged

In Gold v. Titlevest Agency LLC, et al., Defendants., 2020 WL 2835570 (S.D.N.Y. June 1, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In sum, plaintiff alleged (among other things) that her…

Read More “Hearsay”-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed

In Rivera v. JP Morgan Chase, 2020 WL 2787622 (2d Cir. May 29, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, vacated the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In sum, plaintiff – who is of Ecuadorian national origin…

Read More Retaliation Claim Resurrected from Dismissal; 2 Months Sufficient to Allege Causation

In Erno v. New York State Office of Information Technology Services, 2020 WL 2736563 (N.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim, based on her alleged denial of a desired assignment. The court explained the contours of an “adverse employment action” in this context: An adverse employment…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim, Based on Denial of Assignment, Dismissed

In Erno v. New York State Office of Information Technology Services, 2020 WL 2736563 (N.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim. From the decision: Considered in totality, the Court finds that the facts alleged by Plaintiff are sufficient to state a hostile work…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Allegations Included Sexist Jokes

In Moultry v. Rockland Psychiatric Center, 2020 WL 2765870 (SDNY May 28, 2020) (J. Roman), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of constructive discharge. From the decision: A “[c]onstructive discharge of an employee occurs when an employer, rather than directly discharging an individual, intentionally creates an intolerable work atmosphere that…

Read More Constructive Discharge Claim Sufficiently Alleged Against Rockland Psychiatric Center

In Williams v. County of Nassau, 2020 WL 2703675 (2d Cir. May 26, 2020)) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the lower court ‘s summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. From the decision: [T]he existence of the carvings at issue, though highly offensive, were not under the specific circumstances here…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Dismissal Affirmed; Alleged Racist Etchings Insufficient

In Miranda v. South Country Central School District, Joseph Giani, et al, 2020 WL 2563091 (EDNY May 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of gender discrimination asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the New…

Read More “Topless Selfie” Teacher’s Gender Discrimination Claims Continue Against School District

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”

In Campbell v. Bottling Group, LLC, 2020 WL 2563100 (2d Cir. May 21, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the district court’s dismissal (summary judgment) on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim. The court summarized the well-established black-letter law relating to hostile work environment claims: To establish a claim for hostile work…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; “Stink” Comment Insufficient