|Attorney Bryan Glass|
As I wrote in a previous post, (see below link) we believe that Attorney Bryan Glass, Francesco Portelos, and UFT Solidarity are all misleading teachers and other educators in NYC. Their goal, in our opinion, is to allegedly punish Principals and anyone else who dares to find anyone incompetent/ineffective, or hurtful to a favored individual, while in actuality, what UFT Solidarity is doing is using anonymous comments to promote defamation and lies. Portelos himself has shown his anger towards parents, teachers, and others after he was charged with more than 30 acts of harassment and abuse and fined $10,000 at a 3020-a disciplinary arbitration. He puts everyone with whom he works in danger because Principals look at the names of members and if they identify their school, they charge this person with 3020-a or discontinuance of probation.
Glass Harlow & Hogrogian
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW - EDUCATION LAW - CIVIL RIGHTS - DISCRIMINATION - WHISTLEBLOWER
This page has been put together to hold all the information pertaining to the ATR discrimination action.
*We are receiving many applications after the deadline we set below. We are also receiving additional inquiries from ATRs who want to join the complaint we submitted. We will continue to collect and process the submissions we receive using the form below. Additional complainants help further exemplify the age discrimination we are alleging.
Initially, we put out a questionnaire to assess the data pertaining to ATRs not being hired permanently. The data, from the 60+ ATRs who filled out the form, showed that the average age was over 50 and the average years experience was over 20. This is very telling as the NYCDOE has been hiring approximately 5,000 new teachers every year, and that excessing is supposed to be in reverse seniority.
To try to obtain a meaningful remedy, in the most cost-effective manner, our firm plans to file a New York State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) complaint on behalf of each member who is interested and joins the group on the same terms. The SDHR complaints will be filed together as a group and we are hoping such a group filing, with this many people, will cause the UFT and DOE to take notice and move towards a meaningful remedy for the group, and the schools who would benefit from your vast experience. Depending on the SDHR, UFT, and DOE's reaction to the filing of the group charge, we will decide at that point whether there is a viable action to file in federal court. An ATR filing alone stands less of a chance to win, but thus far, over 60 ATRs have shown interest.
At a minimum, the work involved on our part would be to:
- collect and verify information shared by each ATR,
- use the information to fill out an SDHR complaint for each ATR,engage in back and forth communication with each member to finalize the ATR's complaint,
- submit the complaint and communicate with the SDHR on the ATR group's behalf.
To manage this work, and compensate for the time, we are asking just $250 per member who wants their name and story in this action. No separate consultation fee will be necessary unless an ATR has issues they want to be addressed outside this group discrimination complaint. Payment can be paid by credit card, certified check, or money order. Payment options will appear after you click "SUBMIT" on the form at the bottom of this page.
Keep in mind that if the SDHR finds probable cause that there is discrimination, they can hold a public hearing and award damages to those who filed a complaint.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN'T I BE TARGETED EVEN MORE FOR FILING THIS COMPLAINT? We can never know how the employer or supervisors will react to a complaint. What we do know is that the SDHR has protection against retaliation for filing a complaint. We believe that by filing, the ATR may have additional protection should negative actions be taken against them.
WHAT CAN OUR DAMAGES OR AWARD BE?: This has come up a lot and we would like to explain what this means here. Yes, it is true that whether you are permanently hired, or provision, or rotating, your salary is really not affected. However, keep in mind that if you lost per session opportunities, such as grading regents, summer school, or coaching, those can be considered "damages" to your income. In addition, the SDHR can award damages for mental anguish. Enter those losses in the details section of the form below. Hopefully, the SDHR will find probable cause and compensate you for those losses outside your salary.
DO YOU TAKE A PERCENTAGE OF ANY WINNINGS? We will not be taking or expecting, anything from any damages awarded to you by the SDHR.
NEXT STEP: If you already filled out the first form, that collected the preliminary data, and are interested in continuing, then you have to fill out the form below and make a payment by February 9, 2018 (We are taking applications after this date up until we are ready to file). If you have not filled out the initial questionnaire, then please do so by clicking here. In other words, both forms need to be filled out before any ATR joins the complaint. The first form collects group data and the second, found below, collects individual data for the complaint.
If you have further questions, email email@example.com.
We applaud you for taking ownership in changing a system that ignores and does not value, your experience.
|Attorney Bryan Glass|
There are times we defend the individual and there are times we defend and represent the masses. Sometimes, just by advocating for one, or a dozen clients, it creates a ripple effect that helps many. There are also the times where we lose the battles, but ultimately win the wars for our clients.
For example, in 2018, we filed 12 individual Division of Human Rights complaints for adult education educators, OACE, who were being discriminated against in the New York City Department of Education. We alleged that the basis of their discrimination was their age, and therefore their salary, by their administrators and OACE Superintendent Rose-Marie Mills. While our allegations were denied, enough noise was made and soon after, Superintendent Mills was removed and the atmosphere in OACE was improved. 'Tyrant’ superintendent will no longer head city’s adult education department
For many years, ATRs, members of the Absent Teacher Reserve, were attacked, belittled, and forced into retirement or terminated. We filed over 25 individual complaints to the New York State Division of Human Rights. Again, despite the SDHR denying their complaints, the next contract was not only more favorable than intended for ATRs, but since then predatory field supervisors have been all but removed from their supervisory positions of ATRs and the attacks have greatly diminished.
Even more recently, while the COVID-19 epidemic still looms, clients came to us for help in supporting them when schools seem to be opening unsafely. With the assistance of UFT Solidarity, a caucus within the United Federation of Teachers, clients who were denied remote teaching accommodations came to us for help. We filed a petition in the New York State Supreme Court to allow these educators to work remotely. An order to show cause was filed, along with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). A TRO commands the parties in the case to maintain a certain status until the court can hear further evidence and decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction.
-Judge Ramseur granted the TRO for a few days, and the educators could work remotely.
Three days later, Judge Ramseur vacated the TRO under the guise New York City schools opening was delayed with students returning and one of five petitioners received remote accommodations.
-We invited others to join and had about 30 more proposed petitioners and sought to file an amended petition.
-Judge Rakower recused herself upon reassignment, and the case was transferred to Judge Edmead.
-Judge Edmead found DOE's 7/15 medical accommodation policy rational and told us to file an amended complaint for an as applied challenge
-We told the City we intended to file but they asked to negotiate
-UFT-DOE changed policy regarding vulnerable family members which helped many, including our clients. We believe pressure from our case helped push this agreement through
-Through litigation and negotiation we helped get remote accommodations for 20-30 people who contacted us and helped many others get it with change of DOE policies. A policy we believe we helped put in place through the legal pressures with this case.
The fight continues and we are there every step of the way for our clients. If you're interested in our legal services, fill out our simple form at www.ghnylaw.com