U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

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 DeMuth v. United States Small Business Administration, 2020 WL 3721115 (2d Cir. July 7, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court concisely summarized the well-established legal framework for evaluating…

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In Sosa v. New York City Department of Education, 2020 WL 3721866 (2d Cir. July 7, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. While plaintiff was able to muster some evidence of “offensive utterances,” the court – as have many others –…

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In Zoll v. Northwell Health, Inc., 19-2716, 2020 WL 3493498 (2d Cir. June 29, 2020), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal, on summary judgment, of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plaintiff, who is white, asserted that she suffered two adverse actions on the…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of White Plaintiff’s Title VII Race Discrimination Claim
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In Sooroojballie v. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 2020 WL 2988851 (2d Cir. June 4, 2020) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, held that the jury’s emotional damages awarded by the jury ($2,160,000) on plaintiff’s race- and national origin-based hostile work environment claim was excessive, and determined that $250,000 was more appropriate.…

Read More Court Remits $2.16 Million Jury Verdict to $250,000 in Race/National Origin Hostile Work Environment Case
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In D’Amore v. City of New York, 19-2217-cv (2d Cir. June 4, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim (on summary judgment) asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the decision: In 2016 the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) hired 18 D’Amore to join…

Read More Title VII Retaliation Claim Dismissal Affirmed; Argument That Reassignment Was Made For “Improper” Reasons Held Insufficient
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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
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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
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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
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