New York State Court of Appeals
Discrimination — Sufficiency of Evidence
Sandiford v. City of New York Dept. of Educ.
Background: The plaintiff commenced an action alleging discrimination and retaliation after she was terminated from her employment as a school aide for her alleged misconduct. The defendant argued that the defendant principal’s stray discriminatory comments were insufficient to infer a basis that her termination was in retaliation for discrimination suit.
Ruling: The Court of Appeals found that the plaintiff introduced sufficient evidence to withstand the defendants’ motion to dismiss her discrimination and retaliation claims under the provisions of the New York City and New York State Human Rights Laws. Specifically, the plaintiff presented evidence of the principal’s repeated homophobic remarks directed to the plaintiff, as well as his decision to report the plaintiff for alleged misconduct during an after-school program that he did not supervise. Further, the victims of the alleged misconduct have a close relationship with the principal and the supervisor at the after-school program testified that there was no such misconduct.
Susan Greenberg for the appellants; Colleen M. Meenan for the respondent