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Giachetto v. Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
293 F.R.D. 112 (2013)


Theresa Giachetto (plaintiff) began working as an elementary education teacher for Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District (defendant) (the district) in 1996. In December 2010, Giachetto was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and notified the district of her diagnosis. Giachetto alleges that she subsequently became the subject of ridicule and was treated differently than other employees. Giachetto brought suit against the district for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New York State Human Rights Law, seeking, among other things, emotional-distress damages. The district filed a motion to compel Giachetto to provide all records from her social networking accounts or, more specifically, postings about Giachetto’s emotional and psychological well-being. Giachetto argued that the district’s request was too broad and amounted to a fishing expedition.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Tomlinson, J.)

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