CHAUCA v. ABRAHAM, ET AL.[i]
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
Punitive Damages under the New York City Human Rights Law or
Federal Statute, Title VII?
A Question for the New York Court of Appeals to Answer.
This is a case concerning punitive damages determination for pregnancy discrimination claims arising under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYC Admin. Code §8-107(1)(a)). The plaintiff after a jury trial was awarded $10,500.00 in lost compensation and $50,000.00 in pain and suffering but no punitive damages pursuant to jury instructions based on a federal statute under Title VII.
Plaintiff appealed the punitive damages jury instructions based on the federal statute arguing that the NYC Human Rights Law’s standard for awarding punitive damages shall apply.
The Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit sent the question: which is the appropriate standard for punitive damages award for unlawful discriminatory acts in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law to be applied? to the New York Court of Appeals.