(US) Do Footnoted Allegations of Vegetarian Bias Amount to Defamation? Suit Targets Law Review Article
- [ABA Journal]
A law professor who wrote a law review article on gender-stereotyping
theory has been sued for alleged defamation over a footnoted case
study he used involving a claim of vegetarian bias.
The defendant, employment law professor Zachary Kramer, is now
associate dean for intellectual life at Arizona State University’s
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. His article (PDF), published in
the Washington University Law Review, highlights a suit accusing bank
executive Robert Catalanello of discriminating against an employee
because he was a vegetarian.
Catalanello sued Kramer in a complaint (PDF) filed Dec. 28 in New
Jersey federal court, Courthouse News Service reports. The suit claims
Kramer defamed Catalanello and invaded his privacy in the article and
in a lecture. Also named as defendants are the Washington University
School of Law and Western New England University School of Law, where
Kramer gave the lecture.
The allegations against Catalanello aren't new. The New York Post
published news of fired employee Ryan Pacifico's lawsuit against
Catalanello in a 2009 article that began, “A Long Island man says his
ex-boss is a real beef jerky who fired him after deeming his
vegetarianism to be ‘gay.’ "
Lawsuit claims defamation by law review article
Defamed by 'Of Meat and Manhood,' Exec Says
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