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Judge dismisses CEO job applicant's discrimination suit vs. NY credit union

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco dismissed the civil lawsuit filed against Nassau Financial FCU by Sean Jelen, who accused the Westbury, N.Y.-based credit union of rescinding a CEO job offer after learning he had Crohn's disease, the Credit Union Times reported Oct. 4.

Jelen's civil lawsuit was dismissed for failure to comply with a court order to attend a Sept. 7 hearing and for failure to prosecute the claims of the suit, according to the report.

Nassau Financial FCU in court documents denied Jelen's allegation and noted his misrepresentation of his status as qualified to hold the CEO's position and failure to disclose all relevant information, the report added.

On Aug. 19, 2015, Jelen was fired as CEO of another credit union, Scranton, Pa.-based Valor Federal Credit Union, and learned that Nassau Financial FCU's board wanted to interview him. The following month, Nassau Financial FCU's executive recruiter informed him that he would receive an unconditional offer from the board. Eventually Jelen was told that the board would be going with other applicants.

Valor FCU was absorbed by Pentagon FCU during the first quarter, according to the Credit Union Times.

The National Credit Union Administration in July 2016 issued a prohibition notice against Jelen, who had earlier admitted to executing the scheme to defraud Valor FCU.