Friday, June 08, 2012

Employee’s ADA claim for damages survives promotion to a higher grade position


Employee’s ADA claim for damages survives promotion to a higher grade position
Matter of Jochelman v New York State Banking Dept., 56 AD3d 375

After the New York State Banking Department denied Irving Jochelman a promotion to the position of Principal Bank Examiner I, Jochelman sued

Supreme Court granted Banking’s motion to dismiss his petition because Jochelman had been given the promotion underlying his complaint prior to his appeal, which also had the effect of “rendering moot that portion of his complaint seeking back pay.”

The Appellate Division, however, reversed the lower court’s dismissal of Jochelman’s petition “as a matter of law” explaining that his complaint also sought damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Reinstating Jochelman’s ADA claim, but dismissing the remainder of his appeal as moot, the court explained that Jochelman's “separate claim for damages related to [Banking’s] allegedly discriminatory behavior has not been rendered moot by [Jochelman’s] promotion.”

Finding that Jochelman’s “ADA claim “was not without merit as a matter of law,” the Appellate Division indicated that the record raised factual issues as to whether Banking failed to make reasonable accommodations for the alternative workspace that Jochelman had requested for medical reasons and remanded the case to Supreme Court for its further its consideration of that issue.

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http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2008/2008_09267.htm

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