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Vangas v. Montefiore Medical Center, 11cv6722 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)

On June 27, 2014, after three years of litigation, an eight-person unanimous jury found Defendants, Montefiore Medical Center, Elizabeth Burns, Head of Human Resources, and Patricia Quinn, Supervisor, liable of disability discrimination against Plaintiff Mirelle Vangas.  The jury awarded Mrs. Vangas $541,000. 

As published in Crain's Health Pulse on July 1, 2014:

Montefiore Employment Suit

A jury last week awarded a former Montefiore employee $541,000 after finding that the hospital did not properly notify her that she had been let go and that her benefits had been discontinued. Mirelle Vangas, a former utilization analyst who had worked at Montefiore for two decades, was terminated in August 2010 after taking an extended medical leave for cancer treatment. Ms. Vangas’ lawyer, Orit Goldring, argued that Montefiore did not make a “reasonable accommodation” for her disability when she offered to work from home, and that Montefiore’s notice of termination from August did not arrive until October. The jury agreed. The presiding judge, Edgardo Ramos, has yet to decide on a related matter regarding Montefiore’s notification of Ms. Vangas’ COBRA eligibility. A Montefiore spokeswoman declined to comment on an active litigation. The hospital has until July 11 to appeal the verdict, Ms. Goldring said.