Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In Chang v. Arroyave, No. 55459/2020, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 50910(U), 2020 WL 4690002 (Sup Ct Westchester Cty Aug. 12, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s defamation claim. The court summarized the facts as follows: On or about April 2, 2020, attorneys for Sonia Arroyava issued a letter for settlement purposes only…

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In Lowman v. NVI LLC, 2020 WL 4199956 (2d Cir. July 22, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s religious discrimination case asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff asserted, inter alia, that defendant violated his rights under both statutes by refusing to hire…

Read More Religious Discrimination Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Deviating From Federally-Mandated SSN Disclosure Would be an “Undue Hardship”
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In Barton et al v. Warren County et al, 2020 WL 4569465 (N.D.N.Y. August 7, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiffs’ gender/pregnancy-based hostile work environment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1]Here, for the sake of narrowing the discussion, I’ll discuss the court’s evaluation of the claims asserted by…

Read More Pregnancy-Related Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Three Alleged Remarks in One-Month Period Insufficiently “Severe” or “Pervasive”
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In Reppert v. New York State Department of State, 19-cv-01518, 2020 WL 4346932 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Initially, the court explained the well-established law: Because discrimination claims implicate an employer’s usually unstated intent and state…

Read More Race Discrimination Complaint Dismissed; Allegations of “Racist Behavior” Held Insufficiently Specific
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In Allen v. City of New York et al, 18-cv-9663, 2020 WL 4287361 (SDNY July 27, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint alleging a hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Initially, the court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint, and provided plaintiff with an opportunity to amend her…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Single Remark Insufficiently “Severe”
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In Sotolongo v. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles et al, 19-CV-3282, 2020 WL 4261194 (E.D.N.Y. July 24, 2020) (J. Garaufis), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff claim of retaliation asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this case, as in many others, plaintiff’s…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Against NYS DMV Dismissed; Eight-Month Gap Defeats Causation
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In Farmer v. Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC et al, 2020 WL 4194860 (S.D.N.Y. July 21, 2020) (J. Engelmayer), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of hostile work environment asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law. (Plaintiff did not…

Read More Pregnancy-Related Hostile Work Environment Claims Dismissed Against Shake Shack et al
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In Farmer v. Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC et al, 2020 WL 4194860 (S.D.N.Y. July 21, 2020) (J. Engelmayer), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human…

Read More Gender/Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Proceed Against Shake Shack et al
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In Benedetto v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 2020 WL 4049945 (N.D.N.Y. July 20, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s disparate treatment gender discrimination claim, on the ground that plaintiff did not suffer an “adverse employment action.” (The court also denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s…

Read More Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “Less Desirable Shifts” Did Not Constitute an “Adverse Employment Action”
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