Rondiene E. Novitz and Gary E. Dvoskin obtained a defense verdict in a Federal Court, Eastern District case. Plaintiff, a special education teacher, brought suit under Title VII claiming she was terminated from a Long Island School District as a result of her gender and pregnancy. The plaintiff had received positive evaluations the first two years of teaching; after she became pregnant she received a negative evaluation leading to her termination. The School District denied knowledge of plaintiff’s pregnancy at the time of her negative evaluation and stated her termination was based on her poor performance. A defense verdict was reached in less than two hours. Plaintiff appealed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal. Cruser, Mitchell & Novitz attorneys successfully defeated the appeal and the Appellate Court affirmed the decision.