SOURCE: Harris Beach PLLC

Harris Beach PLLC

February 01, 2017 10:36 ET

Barrella v. Village of Freeport Results in Defense Verdict

Highly-contested reverse employment discrimination case thrown out by the Eastern District of New York

UNIONDALE, NY--(Marketwired - February 01, 2017) - On January 30, 2017 a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York rendered a verdict in favor of the defendant, the Village of Freeport, in a race discrimination case known as Barrella v. Village of Freeport. This case was the first to recognize "Hispanic" as a race for federal antidiscrimination statutes and received national attention when remanded for a new trial by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The case was tried on behalf of the Village of Freeport by Keith M. Corbett of Harris Beach and the jury returned a defense verdict in less than three hours of deliberation. In this case, Christopher Barrella, the plaintiff, challenged the appointment of Miguel Bermudez to Chief of Police, claiming reverse discrimination.

"In the second circuit it takes more than surmise and conjecture to make a discrimination claim," said Keith M. Corbett, attorney for the Village of Freeport and partner of Harris Beach. Mr. Corbett commented, "We appreciate the jury's due deliberation and the Village is happy this matter is behind it."

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