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Argued: December 4, 2001


Plaintiff-appellant Angelo F. Grillo appeals from the January 8, 2001 judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Eugene H. Nickerson, District Judge) granting the motion of defendants-appellees, the New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”) and several of its officers and employees (collectively, “appellees”), for summary judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and dismissing Grillo’s complaint. *fn1 See Grillo v. New York City Transit Auth., 122 F. Supp. 2d 385 (E.D.N.Y. 2000). Grillo, a white male of Italian descent, brought claims under 42 U.S.C. �� 2000e, 1981, 1983, and 1985, as well as several state law claims, alleging chiefly that he was improperly demoted from his probationary job because of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination. Id. at 386. The district court found Grillo’s federal racial and ethnic claims to be without merit, and dismissed his federal gender claim and state law claims for lack of jurisdiction. Id. at 391-92.

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