Along with facing discrimination because she is a woman, Wall claims in court documents that her 21 years of seniority on the Niskayuna force were also overlooked. Wall's decision to sue came after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reviewed the circumstances and determined that there is "reasonable cause to believe" that she is the victim of gender discrimination. After concluding their investigation, EEOC provided Wall with a document commonly known as a "right to sue" letter. Such a letter is provided when commission staff believes discrimination has occurred.
Chapman declined to comment on the substance of the case. Town Supervisor Luke Smith has previously said that the town acted properly in the promotions.""