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...

Partners Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller recognized as among the Legal Elite of Western New York

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s partners, Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller, were recognized in Buffalo Business First’s 2018 Legal Elite of Western New York.  Mr. Colby’s practice focuses on federal appeals, municipal law, and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Miller focuses his practice on construction litigation, business dissolution litigation, and complex commercial...

Michael P. McClaren has been elected to a 3-year term on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo Board of Directors

Webster Szanyi, LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Michael P. McClaren has been elected to a 3-year term on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo Board of Directors. Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo provides diversified activities that meet the interest of all youth in 5 Core Areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness & Recreation and The Arts.  Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo operates 11 sites throughout the City of Buffalo, each of which provides a safe, structured environment for socializing and play, learning and growing and fostering positive character values and attitudes.  Mr. McClaren, a resident of East Aurora, is a founding partner of Webster Szanyi, LLP and litigates construction, commercial and personal injury...

New York State Sexual Harassment Legislation To Go Into Effect October 9, 2018

According to the legislation and its most recent guidance, employers will be required to provide mandatory, interactive training on sexual harassment prevention to all employees by January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, and to adopt a written sexual harassment prevention policy by October 9, 2018.  Both the training and written policy must meet or exceed specified standards, which are in the process of being finalized.  The guidance issued thus far also requires employers to train new employees within 30 days of starting their employment.   Webster Szanyi is available and prepared to assist employers in complying with these new requirements.   Please contact Ryan Smith (rsmith@ws-llp.com) or Heather Dechert (hdechert@ws-llp.com) for additional...