Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

NY Finance - Continues to be a MDV Hot Spot


For the second time in a week, a sex discrimination claim has apparently resonated with a New York federal court jury as reflected today's New York Post headline, Woman Takes $4M To The Bank In Bias Suit. When her supervisor retired, Beverly Zakre, 59 thought she would get the job, which she even filled on an interim basis. Unfortunately, when three males were interviewed and one selected she filed a sex discrimination charge, and was later terminated. Although the testimony mentioned in the short newspaper story focused on comments by bank management about females in the workplace, it is not clear whether she prevailed on the sex discrimination claim, retaliation or both.

According to the article, the Norddeutsche Landesbank attorney said the bank would appeal the jury's decision. "We think the jury verdict was ridiculous. We felt that the evidence [the judge] was allowing in was not evidence." Probably more likely to do well on appeal than on a motion for a new trial if the Judge is a New York Post reader.

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