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State Street Bank Was Sued For Discrimination Ratner Out of Case But On Hook for Sanctions

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 28 –   Two employees sued State State Bank for discrimination. Then their lawyer had some problems - and now the lead plaintiff, too.

 On September 15 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a status conference. Inner City Press covered it.   

State Street's lawyer complained about the plaintiff getting double standards, while purporting to sympathize for their problems. The plaintiffs cite State Street's "notorious male-dominated 'Boston club' culture."

  On October 14, Judge Woods held another conference, and Inner City Press again covered it. Now the lead plaintiff Ksenia Shnyra has asked for more time to complete discovery, citing "my own recent exposure to COVID-19 and the need to quarantine."
  State Street's lawyer countered that the quarantine time could have been used to search through emails and produce discovery.

  At the next conference on December 2, which Inner City Press also covered, the plaintiffs' attorneys did not show up. Judge Woods adjourned it with counsel expected to attend "unless all individual plaintiffs elect to proceed pro se."

 On December 28, in another conference that Inner City Press covered, Judge Woods allowed plaintiffs' lawyer Mikhail Ratner out of the case, but still on the hook for sanctions. Judge Woods told him he sympathized with his recent problems, but had to do what he had to do. The case is stayed for 30 days for the plaintiffs to find new counsel. Or they will proceed pro se.

 The case is Shnyra et al v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., Inc., 19-cv-2420 (Woods)


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