Judge tosses sex bias suit against Markowitz • Brooklyn Paper

Judge tosses sex bias suit against Markowitz

Borough President Markowitz’s sometimes flowery, sometimes fiery “State of the Borough” address called for the New York Aquarium to be run by a Brooklyn-based board.
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A sex discrimination case against Borough President Markowitz? Fuhgettaboutit!

A Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice threw out a lawsuit last week alleging the Beep discriminated against a former communications director in 2006 when he fired her and replaced her with a man with far less experience.

Former employee Regina Weiss claimed that Markowitz had favored hiring men over women, and created a macho office climate punctuated by chauvinistic remarks that made female staff members uncomfortable.

Justice Sylvia Ash found that Markowitz and his chief of staff at the time, Gregory Atkins, had “legitimate” reasons to ask Weiss to step down — according to our sister paper, the New York Post — citing “unsatisfactory performance.”

“We are pleased the court carefully considered the facts of this case and concurred with what our office maintained from the very beginning: that this lawsuit was baseless,” said Mark Zustovich, Markowitz’s outgoing communications director.

Weiss did not return inquiries for comment.

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