U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

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.…

Read More Feres Doctrine Bars Title VII Discrimination Claims by “Dual Status” Army Employee
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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…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Teacher’s Title VII Retaliation Claim
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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 Langlois v. Hartford Board of Education et al, 2020 WL 6278722 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court wrote: [W]e agree with the district…

Read More Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim Properly Dismissed; Most Conduct Was “Reasonably Expected” in the School Environment
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In Green v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al, 2020 WL 6165969 (2d Cir. Oct. 22, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the court held that (1) plaintiff did not engage in “protected activity”, (2) plaintiff…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissed; “Generalized Complaints” Did Not Constitute “Protected Activity”
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In Arroyo-Horne v. City of New York, 19-2814-cv, 2020 WL 6112273 (2d Cir. Oct. 16, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s complain asserting a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Specifically, the plaintiff failed to allege her eligibility under the statue, namely, that she worked 1,250…

Read More FMLA Claim Dismissed; Eligibility (1,250 Hours of Work Requirement) Not Alleged
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In Hodge v. ABACO, LLC, 20-1186-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, the bad things that plaintiff alleged happened to her did not amount…

Read More Retaliation Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Exclusion From Meetings and Other Vaguely-Alleged Conduct Did Not Qualify as “Adverse Employment Actions”
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In Rodriguez v. County of Nassau, Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, 2020 WL 5948904 (2d Cir. Oct. 8, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender and national origin-based hostile work environment claim. After outlining the “black-letter law” relating to this claim, the court summarized plaintiff’s contentions: In support…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim Dismissal Affirmed; “Handful of Comments Made Over a Decade” Held Insufficient
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In Rodriguez v. County of Nassau, Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, 2020 WL 5948904 (2d Cir. Oct. 8, 2020) (Summary Order), the court, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s “failure to promote” gender discrimination claim. Plaintiff argued that (1) the Commission Chair harbored discriminatory views, telling plaintiff during her interview for the position that,…

Read More Gender Discrimination Claim Fails in Light of Prior Denial of Discriminatory Comment
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In Hodge v. ABACO, LLC, 20-1186-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, based on the language of an offer letter by plaintiff’s employer. Plaintiff began working for defendant on October 1, 2018. Before that,…

Read More Breach of Employment Contract Claim Dismissed; Offer Letter Did Not Contain Guarantee of Employment of Five Years
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