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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
June 2, 2022, Decided; June 2, 2022, Filed
21 Civ. 5960 (KPF)
OPINION AND ORDER
On July 23, 2020, Plaintiff Maud Maron, a career public defender at Defendant The Legal Aid Society ("LAS"), penned an op-ed in the New York Post entitled "Racial Obsessions Make it Impossible for NYC Schools to Treat Parents, Kids As People" (the "Op-Ed"). Speaking simultaneously in her capacities as a mother, public defender, elected public school council member, and then-candidate for New York City Council, Plaintiff recounted in the Op-Ed her experience at an anti-bias training run by the [*2] New York City Department of Education ("DOE"). She decried what she perceived as DOE's endorsement of the "chilling doctrine called anti-racism," which she asserted "insists on defining everyone by race, invites discrimination[,] and divides all thought and behavior along a racial axis." Responding to the Op-Ed, the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid ("BALA"), a caucus of Defendant Association of Legal Aid Attorneys ("ALAA," or the "Union," and together with LAS, "Defendants"), issued a public statement denouncing Plaintiff's "racist" views and characterizing her "as a classic example of what 21st century racism looks like." LAS followed with its own statement, which similarly rebuked Plaintiff's "racist perspective" and questioned the ability of any public defender to "effectively and fully" engage in public interest work if they do not embrace an anti-racist mandate.
Plaintiff alleges that Defendants' statements were riddled with falsehoods and singled her out because she is white. For such conduct, Plaintiff brings this civil rights suit, asserting claims of hostile work environment and constructive termination pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e to 2000e-17, on the grounds that Defendants' statements were so permeated [*3] with discriminatory intimidation that they altered the terms and conditions of Plaintiff's employment and made it impossible for her to return to LAS from the sabbatical she took to run for City Council. Defendants have each moved to dismiss Plaintiff's claims pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). For the reasons outlined in the remainder of this Opinion, the Court grants Defendants' motions in their entirety.
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2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99225 *; 2022 WL 1910247
MAUD MARON, Plaintiff, -v.- THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY and ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL AID ATTORNEYS, Defendants.
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