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WALKER v. N.Y.S. OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


December 2, 1994

B. VIVIAN WALKER, Plaintiff, against N.Y.S. OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, ROCKLAND PSYCHIATRIC CENTER, Defendants.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: VINCENT L. BRODERICK

MEMORANDUM ORDER

 VINCENT L. BRODERICK, U.S.D.J.

 I

 This employment discrimination suit brought pursuant to Title VII of the civil Rights Act of 1984 as amended (42 USC 2000-e) concerns alleged nonpromotion to a supervisory position or denial of favorable transfer, and an alleged continuing pattern of discrimination. By memorandum order dated July 5, 1994, I reserved decision on defendant's motion for summary judgment to afford an opportunity for further factual submissions. Walker v New York State Office of Mental Health, 865 F. Supp. 124 (SDNY July 5, 1994). Familiarity with that decision is assumed.

 I deny defendant's motion.

 II

 Plaintiff has submitted sufficient evidence to establish a genuine issue of fact with respect to whether or not invidious discrimination occurred in regard to opportunities for staff to serve as acting supervisors; as indicated in my July 5, 1994 ruling, I do not rule that this is by itself a ground for asserting liability. *fn1"

 As explained in my July 5, 1994 ruling, discrimination in provision of internal supervisory experience may acquire significance under Title VII where - as here - at least some of the positions for which plaintiff unsuccessfully applied required prior supervisory experience in the defendant agency or elsewhere.

 I reserve decision until the time of trial with respect to claims concerning denials of promotions to positions not requiring prior supervisory experience. Evidence of alleged similar or related events will be admissible in any event. See Local Lodge 1424 v. NLRB, 362 U.S. 411, 416, 4 L. Ed. 2d 832, 80 S. Ct. 822 (1960); Eatz v. DME, 794 F.2d 29 (2d Cir 1986); Phoenix Canada Oil Co v. Texaco, 842 F.2d 1466, 1478 (3d Cir 1988).

 III

 Cases of this type involving promotion opportunities lend themselves to resolution of the core issue by commitment to refer the next relevant promotion decision to executives of the agency not involved in the matter before, or an outside person agreeable to both parties who can interview the plaintiff in the same way as an applicant would be. Absent settlement, the materials set forth in my individual rules for trial readiness shall be submitted within 30 (thirty) days.

 SO ORDERED.

 Dated: White Plains, N.Y.

 , 1994

 Howard Baer Jr. U.S.D.C.

 for

 VINCENT L. BRODERICK, U.S.D.J.

 12/2/94


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