April 11, 2013
Newsday spoke with Professor Merrick (Rick) Rossein on the False Claims Act settlement of $7.5 million given to attorney Craig Gurian and his nonprofit, the Anti-Discrimination Center. Gurian charged that Westchester County received more than $50 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but failed to “affirmatively further fair housing,” a condition of the funding. The County settled with Gurian and the Anti-Discrimination rather than go to court. “The case he brought was a very important case. It was groundbreaking,” said Rossein.
Prof. Rossein teaches the Equality Concentration and and courses on employment discrimination, employment law, and trial practice. His extensive background in civil rights and employment law includes work at the National Employment Law Project, Queens Legal Services, New York City Bureau of Labor Services, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. He drafted an affirmative action plan for the City of New York and was appointed by Mayor David N. Dinkins to a four-year term as Commissioner of the City of New York Equal Employment Practices Commission and by Governor Mario Cuomo to serve on his Task Force on Sexual Harassment. He was appointed the Independent EEO Compliance Consultant pursuant to the federal court Remedial Order in the case of U.S. v. City of New York, after the court found racial discrimination against the New York City Fire Department.