Thursday, September 06, 2012

Retaliation Claim Survives In Employee's Religious Discrimination Suit

In Chukwueze v. NYCERS (New York City Employees' Retirement System), (SD NY, Aug. 30, 2012), a New York federal district court allowed an evangelical Christian of West Indian descent, a former employee of NYCERS, to proceed with his claim that he was fired in retaliation for his complaints about religious discrimination by his supervisor, Michelle Gaddy. However the court dismissed other of his claims, including a hostile work environment claim.  At issue was Omar Chukwueze's ongoing disputes with Gaddy over his requests to use leave to take off for various religious holidays, and claims that Gaddy continually berated him in the presence of his entire unit for his requests. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]