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Leibowitz v. Cornell Univ., No. 07-4567

By FindLaw Staff on October 23, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In a gender and age discrimination action by an employee of a university, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed in part where plaintiff failed to produce evidence of an express or implied contract to continue her employment.  However, the order is reversed in part where: 1) in the circumstances here, a non-renewal of an employment contract itself was an adverse employment action and the district court erred in requiring plaintiff to show the existence of an unofficial tenured position to satisfy the adverse action requirement; and 2) the circumstances surrounding the non-renewal of her contract gave rise to an inference of age or gender discrimination.

Read Leibowitz v. Cornell Univ., No. 07-4567

Appellate Information

Argued: February 27, 2009

Decided: October 23, 2009


Opinion by Judge Bianco


For Appellant:

David M. Marek, Jeffrey L. Liddle, Liddle and Robinson, LLP, New York, NY

For Appellees:

Wendy E. Tarlow, Nelson E. Roth, Valerie Cross Dorn and Norma W. Schwab, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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