Plaintiff-Appellant Monroe Hale ("Hale") appeals from a summary judgment in favor of the defendants-appellees, The State of New York Office of Children and Family Services ("OCFS") and Louis Mann ("Mann"), a Deputy Commissioner in OCFS, entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Brieant, J.). In 1998, Hale was terminated from his position as Youth Facility Director ("Director") of the New York Secure Center in Goshen, New York ("Goshen Facility"). He subsequently brought suit alleging that he had been fired in violation of his rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA"), 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., and the First Amendment. On February 25, 1999, the district court granted the defendants' motions for summary judgment, concluding that Hale's post-FMLA leave firing did not violate the FMLA and that Hale's firing was not motivated by any protected speech on his part.
For the reasons that follow, we affirm in part, vacate in part, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Miner '56, Roger J., "Hale v. Mann, 219 F. 3d 61 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2000" (2000). Circuit Court Opinions. 171.