James G. Ryan

James G. Ryan

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Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a...more

4/10/2015 - Discrimination Dismissals Educational Institutions Gender Discrimination Informed Consent Sexual Abuse Sexual Conduct Title IX Vassar College

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Docket No. 13-1371, a case that focuses on whether claims based on...more

1/29/2015 - ADEA Age Discrimination Commercial Property Owners Commercial Real Estate Market DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project Discrimination Disparate Impact Oral Argument Race Discrimination Residential Property Owners Residential Real Estate Market SCOTUS Title VII

Department of Justice Switches Sides: Title VII Now Prohibits Transgender Discrimination

On December 18, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder, in an unanticipated move, revised the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. (“Title VII”),...more

1/16/2015 - Barack Obama Discrimination DOJ Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Title VII Transgender

Supreme Court Hears Second Affirmative Action Case This Year

On October 15, only four months after the United States Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an affirmative action program for the University of Texas, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to...more

12/11/2013 - Affirmative Action Discrimination Educational Institutions Employment Policies Equal Protection Gender Discrimination Grutter v Bollinger Race Race Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Transgender Youth Barred From Girls’ Restroom

Coy Mathis, born a male, has identified as a female since the age of 18 months. Now at six-years old she must confront issues that far exceed the normal trials and tribulations of the first grade classroom. Coy has dressed in...more

3/11/2013 - Disability Discrimination Discrimination Dress Codes Freedom of Expression Gender Discrimination Public Schools Title IX Transgender

Unemployment: New Basis For Discrimination Under Proposed Law

The New York City Council has recently taken steps to expand anti-discrimination laws by prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of their employment status. If enacted, Bill 814-A would...more

2/28/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Unemployment Discrimination

Are Courts Reluctant To Grant Summary Judgment In Hostile Work Environment Cases?

The Second Circuit has recently reiterated its hesitancy to permit summary judgment in hostile work environment claims that present ambiguities as to the sufficiency of plaintiff’s case. In Rivera v. Rochester Genesee Reg’l...more

2/4/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Evidence Hostile Environment National Origin National Origin Discrimination Race Race Discrimination Retaliation Summary Judgment Title VII

Supreme Court Decides Kloeckner v. Solis

On December 10, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Kloeckner v. Solis holding that “[a] federal employee who claims that an agency action appealable to the MSPB violates an antidiscrimination statute...more

1/25/2013 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Civil Service Reform Act Discrimination DOL EEOC Federal Employees Judicial Review Kloeckner Merits Systems Protection Board Mixed Motive Cases SCOTUS Split of Authority Subject Matter Jurisdiction Termination

Anti-Semitic Bullying Claim Survives Motion To Dismiss

Eastern District Judge Arthur Spatt recently denied Northport-East Northport Union Free School Districts’ motion to dismiss in a case brought by a Northport High School student who had been subject to anti-Semitic taunts and...more

1/8/2013 - Deliberate Indifference Discrimination Equal Protection Harassment Motion to Dismiss Religious Discrimination Students

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