Sunday, May 10, 2009
The May 5, 2009 New York Post reported, here, that Gov. Patterson settled a reverse discrimination law suit for $300,000. Just after the Gov. had became Democratic minority leader, Patterson fired a photographer. The Post reports that the Gov. claims he settled on the advise of A.G. Andrew Cuomo, which his office denies. As the article states:
The Post disclosed yesterday that the state had quietly settled a federal racial-discrimination lawsuit that accused then-Senate Minority Leader Paterson, the state's first black governor, of firing Joseph Maioriello, a white Senate photographer, in 2003 in order to replace him with an African-American.
Paterson had been expected to be called as a "star witness" in the trial, an appearance the governor wanted to avoid, sources said.
Maioriello, a 26-year Senate employee, was fired from his $34,000-a-year job as a photographer two years earlier after Paterson ousted Martin Connor (D-Brooklyn) as the Senate minority leader.
Unfortunately, the article does not state who is paying the settlement. What to wager that it is not the Governor.
Adjunct Prof Blog previously reported on this case, Maioriello v. NYS Senate Minority, ___F.Supp.2d___ (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 12, 2008)(registration required), here. I am surprised and disappointed that the media has largely ignored this case. A sitting Governor being sued for reverse discrimination is big news. Settling for $300,000 when the plaintiff only reportedly made $34,000 per year is even bigger. Why do you suppose the case was settled for such a high figure??
Mitchell H. Rubinstein