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Appellant Douglas Parker brought this action claiming that his former employer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (“SPE”), discharged him because of his disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. � 12101 et seq. (1994 & Supp. 1999) (“the ADA”) and the New York State Human Rights Law, N.Y. Exec. Law � 296 (McKinney 1993 & Supp. 1999). Parker also claimed that SPE violated the ADA by retaliating against him for filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as denied him medical leave in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. � 2612(a)(1)(D) (1999) (“the FMLA”).