Division of Human Rights Issues No Probable Cause Finding Dismissing Claim of Disability Discrimination

The New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) issued a “no probable cause” finding on a claim that a County employee was discriminated and retaliated against because he had a disability.  Heather Dechert represented the County against allegations that the employee was harassed, treated differently than similarly situated employees, and denied a reasonable accommodation for his disability.  The Complainant also claimed that he was retaliated against by being given unwanted or dangerous assignments, being subject to unwarranted disciplinary action and being constructively discharged.  Based on its investigation, the SDHR determined that the evidence did not support Complainant’s allegations of harassment, disparate treatment and denial of a reasonable accommodation.  The SDHR further found that the record did not support Complainant’s contention that he was constructively...

Webster Szanyi attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers

Webster Szanyi LLP congratulates Thomas S. Lane, Michael P. McClaren, and Kevin A. Szanyi on having been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Mr. Lane was selected in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Mr. McClaren in the area of Commercial Litigation, and Mr. Szanyi in the areas Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. We are also pleased to share that due to the extremely high feedback Best Lawyers received, Mr. Szanyi has also been recognized by his peers as one of the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” award recipients for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Buffalo.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. For more information on this prestigious award, please visit...

Webster Szanyi LLP welcomes its newest partner, Melanie J. Beardsley

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that Melanie Beardsley has joined the firm.  Melanie has spent the majority of her career representing management in all facets of labor and employment matters, with a focus on representing school districts, and also has substantial experience in special education matters.  Melanie worked at Hodgson Russ LLP in its education and labor and employment practice for several years and, most recently, worked in-house for Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as an attorney and senior labor relations specialist.  She resides in East Aurora with her husband, Kevin, and three children.  Melanie will join the firm’s education and labor and employment practice...

Mike McClaren and Kevin Szanyi appointed to Federal Mediation Panel

Webster Szanyi partners Mike McClaren and Kevin Szanyi have been added to the Court approved panel of mediators for cases venued in the Western New York Federal District Courts.  Both are experienced litigators in commercial and personal injury matters and both are available for private...