William Sipser wins decisive Appellate Court disability decision: Case will now proceed directly to a jury trial

Tuckner Sipser partner William J. Sipser argued and won a disability discrimination decision at the Appellate Division, First Department in June 2018 on behalf of his client, Lisa Byas. The Manhattan appeals court unanimously upheld a lower trial court ruling denying Cornell University’s summary judgment motion to dismiss, meaning that this case will now proceed directly to a jury trial.

The Appeals Court found that Sipser’s client raised questions of fact as to whether the reason given for her termination was a “pretext”—or excuse–for disability discrimination. This is the second important disability case won by Sipser at the Appellate Division in 2018 alone.

The Court’s full decision can be found here.

New York’s disability discrimination laws are more comprehensive and protective than federal disability discrimination law, so if you are experiencing workplace hostility regarding your disability or perceived disability and need assistance, please contact Bill Sipser at 212.766.9100 or 845-201-0200, or email him at [email protected].