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In Grimes-Jenkins v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 2021 WL 1226658 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York…

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In Espinosa v. Weill Cornell Medical College, 18 Civ. 11665, 2021 WL 1062592 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human…

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In Espinosa v. Weill Cornell Medical College, 18 Civ. 11665, 2021 WL 1062592 (S.D.N.Y. March 19, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim. From the decision: Espinosa adduces sufficient facts upon which the trier of fact may reasonably base an inference of gender discrimination. Direct evidence…

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In Felton v. Monroe Community College et al, 6:20-CV-06156, 2021 WL 1132411 (W.D.N.Y. March 24, 2021), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff sufficiently alleged race discrimination, and denied defendant’s motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). From the decision: Plaintiff’s allegations as to discriminatory motive are admittedly thin. However, construing Plaintiff’s…

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A recent case, Ellis v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp., 2021 WL 829620 (3d Cir. March 4, 2021), involves an increasingly-common scenario: an employee of a (non-public) employer suffers a negative job action due to their outside-work social-media posting(s). In this case, the plaintiff (who is white) was terminated following her alleged Facebook post…

Read More Title VII Race Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Termination For Controversial Social Media Posts Was Not Unlawful Discrimination
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In Ali v. Westchester Medical Center et al, 2021 WL 1022615 (S.D.N.Y. March 17, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s national origin discrimination claim. From the decision: Summary judgment is granted as to Ali’s claim of discrimination based on national origin. Ali has not established a prima…

Read More Medical Residency National Origin (Egyptian) Discrimination Claim Dismissed
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In Tromblee v. The State of New York et al, 19-cv-0638, 2021 WL 981847 (N.D.N.Y. March 16, 2021), the court, inter alia, held that plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim “far exceed[ed] legal sufficiency.” While defendants did not move to dismiss this claim, the court’s discussion is nevertheless instructive. The court summarized the “black…

Read More Sexual Harassment / Hostile Work Environment Claim Held Legally Sufficient; Allegations Include Sexually Demeaning Language & Touching
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In Whipple v. Reed Eye Associates, 15-CV-6759L, 2021 WL 852039 (W.D.N.Y. March 8, 2021), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sex-based hostile work environment claim. While the court ultimately ruled against the plaintiff on the merits, this decision is nevertheless instructive as to how courts evaluate the situation where some events…

Read More Court Dismisses Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment Claims; Discusses “Out-of-Office” Conduct
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In Echavarria v. ABM Industry Group LLC et al, 2021 WL 794944 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 26, 2021), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s claim of religious-based discrimination. The court explained: Plaintiff also fails to allege sufficient facts to state a claim that Defendants discriminated against her because she is Catholic. Her sole allegation of religious discrimination…

Read More Religious (Anti-Catholic) Discrimination Claim Dismissed; “God Bless You Sneer” Insufficient
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In Beards et al v. Bronxcare Health System et al, 2021 WL 704177 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 23, 2021), the court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of race- and religion-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. After concluding that…

Read More Citing Productivity Decline, Court Dismisses Race and Religion-Based Discrimination Claims
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