Ryan Smith Elected To The Board Of Directors For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Northtowns

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns consists of twelve clubs located in Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and City of North Tonawanda.  It provides afterschool programming for over 3,000 youths that focuses on character and leadership development, educational enhancement, and health and life skills, among other things.  The organization runs a number of programs and summer camps.  Mr. Smith was elected to serve a three-year term on the...

Ryan Smith Gives Presentation On Internal Investigation Techniques Under New York State’s Sexual Harassment Legislation

On December 10, 2018, Partner Ryan G. Smith spoke at a UB Law GOLD Group seminar at the Buffalo Club concerning New York State’s sexual harassment legislation.  Mr. Smith’s presentation included practical tips for attorneys when advising their employer clients on issues related to receiving and handling complaints of harassment and discrimination, particularly with regard to the investigation process.  Mr. Smith is a labor and employment attorney (management-side) with specialized experience in litigation and education law, and provides general counsel as well as litigation representation to municipalities, school districts and private...

Division of Human Rights issues finding of No Probable Cause on claim of disability discrimination by former employee

Webster Szanyi LLP recently obtained a “No Probable Cause” finding from the New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) on a claim of disability discrimination against a local school district.  Heather Dechert represented the district against a claim by an employee alleging that she was terminated due to disability discrimination.  In October, 2018, the firm received a favorable finding from the SDHR.  Based on its investigation, the Division determined that there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that the Complainant was terminated due to her disability and the evidence supported the district’s legitimate non-discriminatory reason for terminating the Complainant.  Additionally, there was no evidence that the Complainant was denied any accommodation she...