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April 19, 2017 4:50 PM

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Court Upholds Arbitration Clause on MSSSV’S Pre-Answer Motion to Dismiss
Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez in New York County granted our motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint against our client, The Dwight School. The plaintiff, a former teacher at the school, claimed that she was discriminated against based on her national origin pursuant to the broad provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law. The Court agreed with our argument that the discrimination claims fell within the mandatory arbitration agreement in the employment contract, and upheld New York’s strong public policy in favor of arbitration. Michael A. Miranda and Richard B. Epstein successfully defended this matter.[More]

Defense Verdict for Partner Maurice Savoiardo
MSSSV started 2017 with a defense verdict in a Federal Court discrimination suit. Plaintiff, a former teacher in the City School District of New Rochelle, asserted claims for national origin discrimination pursuant to Title VII, alleging that she was fired from her positon due to her Chinese national origin. Plaintiff claimed that in a meeting with the District’s Superintendent and Human Resources Director days after she was notified of her termination that the Superintendent told her she should go to work in Chinatown, and that the Human Resources Director reinforced the discriminatory animus by telling her that she would be better off working with her own people. Following a five day trial in the Southern District, the jury returned a verdict in the school’s favor. Maurizio convinced the jury that the statements were not made, and that the plaintiff was terminated for her poor performance as a teacher. Altman v. City School District of New Rochelle 2.3.17.[More]
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