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East Greenbush School Superintendent Discrimination Complaint Filed

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Files Complaint Over East Greenbush Central School District’s Maternity Discrimination

Superintendent Angela Nagle was asked to resign after returning from maternity leave after delivering her twin children

Troy, New York – Attorney Ryan M. Finn, of the law firm E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission directed at the Board of Education of the East Greenbush Central School District on the behalf of Dr. Angela M. Nagle, Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District. The complaint describes how Superintendent Nagle was subjected to harassment and intimidation because of her pregnancy, and how she was eventually asked for her resignation after returning from maternity leave after delivering her twin children.

The Board of Education of the East Greenbush Central School District sought to “buy out” Superintendent Nagle from her 2015 – 16 contract with the school district. Several male members of the Board of Education bullied, harassed, and demeaned Superintendent Nagle, sending a message that it was unacceptable for a woman to take maternity leave. The behavior began in October of 2014, when Superintendent Nagle announced her pregnancy, and persisted until she was asked for her resignation in April of 2015.

“The behavior Dr. Nagle was subjected to was not only unlawful, it was something no woman should experience in a civilized workplace,” said Attorney Ryan M. Finn. “Dr. Nagle is very reluctantly going public with her story because she feels the taxpayers of the East Greenbush Central School District are unaware of the actions of the Board of Education, and because she believes as the leader of a school district, she had a moral and ethical obligation to report bullying, harassment and discrimination. These are types of behavior we teach our children are wrong.”

Superintendent Nagle has led the East Greenbush Central School District since 2008, and has consistently been praised for her performance by the School District.

Local Media Coverage – Direct Story Links:

Albany Times Union

Troy Record

WNYT News Channel 13 (NBC)

WTEN News 10 (ABC)

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About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices in Albany, Troy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, NY, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

Lawsuit for Victim of Jay Street Fire filed by E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy

Photo Credit: Times Union

Photo Credit: Times Union

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Files Lawsuit for Victim of 104 Jay Street Fire

Suit details negligence, responsibility of property owner in Schenectady fire that claimed four lives

TROY – Attorney James Hacker of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP announced today the firm has filed suit against Ted Gounaris, Inc. and Ideal Property Services, Inc. following a deadly fire that occurred on March 6 in Schenectady and claimed the lives of four individuals.

The suit has been filed on behalf of a resident of the property located at 104 Jay Street who suffered personal injuries and loss and damage of property as a result of the property owner’s negligent and careless disregard. The owner’s failure to properly maintain and inspect fire alarms and water sprinklers throughout the building, combined with the decision to disable smoke detectors in the common areas, directly resulted in serious personal injury to the client and property damage.

“This incident shows blatant disregard for the safety of individuals who have entrusted an entity with their personal wellbeing,” said James Hacker, Partner, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP. “It is our goal to ensure our client receives appropriate restitution for this tragedy that could have been prevented. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the negligence exhibited by this property owner.”

The suit was filed on April 1, 2015 in Schenectady County Court. Mandatory action on the part of the defendants is required within 30 days.

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About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices across the Greater Capital Region, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

Open House during Troy’s 32nd Annual Victorian Stroll

Don’t forget to save the date! The E. Stewart Jones Law Firm invites you to stop in to our Troy office on Sunday, December 7 from 11am – 1pm during Troy’s 32nd Annual Victorian Stroll.

We are pleased to have renowned acoustic guitarist Maria Z. performing again this year – it will be fun for the whole family!

The Stroll runs until 5pm and concludes with a Tree Lighting near monument square. Click the link below to view a schedule of events for the Stroll. http://www.victorianstroll.com/

Attorneys are available to assist you 24/7, Call our office today.

Re-trial to Determine “Night Before Christmas” Author

Re-trial to Determine “Night Before Christmas” AuthorFor the second year, the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm will be participating in “The Trial Before Christmas”. Last year the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

E. Stewart Jones (’66) will be joined by fellow Albany Law school alum Jack Casey ’87, Molly Casey ’12 and Judge Edward O. Spain ’66 in the mock retrial to determine the true author of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  The retrial will be this Sunday during the Troy Victorian Stroll.

Last year, the courtroom was at capacity so please arrive early! Admission for the trial is free and open to the public on a first-come basis. Stop by the John T. Casey Courtroom on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. to help solve the mystery of who wrote “Twas the night before Christmas.”