Cases & Deals

First American and TitleVest obtain summary judgment dismissal in age and gender discrimination action by former executive

Clients First American Financial Corporation

Jones Day obtained dismissal of a former executive's discrimination and retaliation claims on behalf of First American Title Insurance Company and TitleVest Agency LLC that were pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The former employee claimed that First American and TitleVest discriminated against her on the basis of her gender and age, subjected her to a gender-based hostile work environment, and retaliated against her under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, New York Executive Law, and New York City Human Rights Law. The plaintiff's theory was that the defendants discriminated against and terminated her on the basis of her gender, subjected her to a hostile work environment resulting from her direct supervisor's socialization with and purported preferential treatment of younger, attractive female employees, and that the plaintiff's complaints about her direct supervisor lead to the termination of her employment. The court found that the plaintiff's claims failed because she could not establish that the defendants' actions were motivated in any way by discriminatory animus or that the plaintiff was subjected to gender-based harassment, and it dismissed the complaint in its entirety.

Gold v Titlevest Agency LLC, et al., No. 1-18-cv-00935 (S.D.N.Y.)