Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In Wright v. Whitsons Culinary Group, 20-cv-667, 2020 WL 1957529 (EDNY April 23, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint as it did not sufficiently/plausibly allege that he suffered discrimination based on a protected characteristic in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In this action, Plaintiff…

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In Anderson v. New York City Department of Finance, 19-CV-7971, 2020 WL 1922624 (S.D.N.Y. April 21, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s race-based discrimination and hostile work environment claims. As to his hostile work environment claim, the court explained, with respect to the nature and consistency of the alleged conduct:…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against NYC Department of Finance

In Johnson v. Frida’s Bakery, Inc., et al, 19-CV-1613, 2020 WL 1904061 (N.D.N.Y. April 17, 2020), the court, inter alia, recommended the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As to the merits of plaintiff’s Title VII claim, the court explained: [T]o state a…

Read More Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Protected Class Not Alleged

In Jamiel v. Viveros, 19-cv-1389, 2020 WL 1847566 (S.D.N.Y. April 13, 2020), the court, inter alia, adopted a Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims – relating to plaintiff’s race and perceived sexual orientation – under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). From the Order: With…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Sufficiently Alleged; Report & Recommendation Adopted

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces various federal anti-discrimination laws (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) has recently reaffirmed its commitment to addressing and remedying discrimination arising from or relating to the COVID-19 situation. From the EEOC chair: Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the best…

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In Stathatos v. William Gottlieb Management, 18-cv-03332, 2020 WL 1694366 (E.D.N.Y. April 6, 2020), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging religion-based discrimination asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Initially, the court held that plaintiff’s claim was subject to dismissal based on grounds of untimeliness…

Read More Religious Discrimination Claim Dismissed; No Link Between Allegedly False Charge of Viewing Pornography and Plaintiff’s Religion

A recent decision, Barney v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Service Corporation, 2020 WL 1699984 (SDNY April 8, 2020), illustrates the “extraordinary circumstances” justifying a delay in filing a federal discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the grounds of “equitable tolling.” Plaintiff asserted claims of sexual orientation-based discrimination and retaliation, and…

Read More Stabbing Justified “Equitable Tolling” of 90-Day EEOC Deadline in Discrimination Case, Court Holds

In Anderson v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation et al, 16-cv-1051, 2020 WL 1528101 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2020), the court, inter alia, upheld the dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York City Human Rights Law. The…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed Against NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation

In Yarrington v. Candor Central School District et al, 18-cv-1250, 2020 WL 1493920 (N.D.N.Y. March 27, 2020), the court (inter alia) granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized the law as follows: In order to state…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissed; Conduct Evidenced “Personality Conflicts”

In a recent case, Martin v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, 2020 WL 1514747 (2d Cir. March 30, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is instructive as to the standard applied…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Dismissal Affirmed; 2d Circuit Discusses & Applies Negligence Standard Under Title VII