Brooklyn College’s provost William Tramontano was exonerated of the charge of discriminating against orthodox Jews in his hiring and firing practices. The investigation into the allegations was conducted by the City University of New York’s own counsel Frederick Schaffer and a labor lawyer form the law firm of Proskauer Rose, Bettina Plevan. The investigators prepared a 24-page report, which included the following statement:
“We conclude that the evidence does not support the allegations of a pattern of discrimination against Orthodox Jews at Brooklyn College. Each of the cases involved a decision based on a good faith application of academic judgment or employment procedures unrelated to any prejudice or bias.”
The investigation began last month, after accusations were brought by twenty elected New York officials charging that Tramontano was biased against orthodox Jews concerning his practices of promoting and hiring faculty. The officials sent a letter to Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of CUNY charging that, "numerous accusations have been voiced regarding Provost Tramontano’s racial, anti-female and blatantly illegal actions."