PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

Gould & Berg , LLP | Attorneys At Law

Flexible Appointments Available



New York employee may face discrimination due to being Caucasian

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2017 | Uncategorized

A Caucasian judge in a southeastern state lost her job last year due to alleged racial discrimination. She thus sought a settlement from the county where she had been a judge. The woman recently won a settlement totaling $90,000 from the county for which she had worked. Any worker in New York who faces illegal discrimination in the workplace has the right to seek justice in an effort to hold the employer accountable.

The woman was previously a magistrate judge. She accused the chief magistrate judge, who is African American, of terminating her so that he could appoint more African-American judges to the court. The man reportedly provided no reason for why the woman was not reappointed to yet another term of four years toward the end of 2016.

The woman claimed that instead of keeping her, the chief magistrate judge filled two openings with African-American judges who did not have as much experience as she did. She initially sought a settlement of $125,000. The county board of commissioners approved the $90,000 settlement through a 5-1 vote.

Circumstantial evidence may be sufficient for winning a race discrimination settlement or lawsuit. If the woman in this Georgia case had decided to file a lawsuit and was able to convince a jury that she had been a victim of discrimination, she may have received a larger amount of compensation. Understanding what facts have to be proved is necessary to succeed in this type of case in New York. A successfully litigated discrimination claim may lead to monetary relief and even the reinstatement of a job, depending on the circumstances underlying the claim. 

Source:, “DeKalb settles judge’s race discrimination case for $90,000.“, Mark Niesse, Aug. 21, 2017