Stephen Bergstein received his B.A. from SUNY New Paltz in 1989 and graduated from CUNY Law School in 1993, where he served on the editorial board of the school's law journal. Bergstein is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. From 2009 through 2016, he was on the Executive Board of the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Bergstein has represented scores of plaintiffs in civil rights and employment cases in the State and Federal Courts, helping to set important case precedents involving the First Amendment, employment discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, housing discrimination, search and seizure, false arrest, municipal liability and whistleblower protection.
Mr. Bergstein’s noteworthy cases include:
- Dancy v. McGinley, 843 F.3d 93 (2d Cir. 2016) (affirming Rule 50 judgment in favor of police misconduct plaintiff).
- Chauca v. Abraham, 841 F.3d 86 (2d Cir. 2016) (certifying to New York Court of Appeals the issue of what standard governs a plaintiff’s entitlement to punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law).
- Luo v. L & S. Acupuncture, 649 Fed. Appx. 1 (2d Cir. 2016) (affirming award of attorneys’ fees to prevailing plaintiff in case brought under FLSA).
- Legg v. County of Ulster, 820 F.3d 67 (2d Cir. 2016) (reversing Judgment as a Matter of Law on pregnancy discrimination claim).
- Estate of D.B. v. Thousand Islands Cent. Sch. Dist., 169 F. Supp. 3d 320 (N.D.N.Y. 2016) (denying motion to dismiss in claim alleging that school district discriminated against student based on gender stereotypes).
- Kirkweg v. New York City Dep't of Educ., 633 Fed. Appx. 40 (2d Cir. 2016) (reversing Rule 12 dismissal in case alleging retaliation under Title VII).
- Barboza v. D’Agata, 151 F. Supp. 3d 363 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (prevailing on summary judgment motion in holding Assistant District Attorney liable on First Amendment/false arrest claim).
- Marin v. Town of Southeast, 136 F. Supp. 3d 538 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (prevailing on summary judgment motion in striking down municipal sign ordinance under the First Amendment).
- Phillips v. County of Orange, 10 Civ. 236, 2016 U.S. Dist. 137662 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 19, 2015) (prevailing on summary judgment claim against County on Fourth Amendment claim alleging that CPS unlawfully seized a minor without probable cause in the course of a child abuse investigation).
- Muñoz v. Manhattan Club Timeshare Ass'n, 607 Fed. Appx. 85 (2d Cir. 2015) (sustaining disability discrimination verdict and damages award in excess of $600,000).
- Webb-Webber v. Community Action for Human Services, 23 N.Y.3d 448 (2014) (reversing Appellate Division in holding that Labor Law § 740 does not require plaintiffs to cite statutes, rules or regulations allegedly violated by the employer).
- Singer v. Ferro, 711 F.3d 334 (2d Cir. 2013) (sustaining summary judgment on plaintiffs’ First Amendment retaliation claims arising from workplace speech).
- Zeno v. Pine Plains Cent. Sch. Dist., 702 F.3d 655 (2d Cir. 2012) (sustaining $1 million plaintiff’s verdict on student-on-student racial harassment claim brought under Title IX).
- Back v. Hastings on Hudson School District, 365 F.3d 107 (2d Cir. 2004) (recognizing caregiver discrimination as a violation of Title VII);
- Catletti v. Rampe, 334 F.3d 225 (2d Cir. 2003) (First Amendment retaliation);
- Whidbee v. Garzarelli Food Services, 223 F.3d 62 (2d Cir. 2000) (racial harassment);
Mr. Bergstein is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Bergstein frequently lectures on civil rights issues, providing attorneys and law students with guidance on employment discrimination and civil rights.