Penaro was recognized for his assistance in helping ANIBIC defend against a lawsuit alleging workplace discrimination.
In late 2017, an employee in the Queens Public Library in New York filed a complaint against the library and ANIBIC accusing them of workplace discrimination against the employee based on a disability.
In defending these allegations, Penaro submitted a position statement in early 2018 denying any liability on ANIBIC’s part. In 2019, the parties joined in mediation. Not only was the case resolved with neither the Queens Library nor ANIBIC having to pay damages, but the employee was able to retain his job at the library and continues to receive care from ANIBIC.
Formed in 1975, ANIBIC is a champion for people with special needs, serving as an advocate in the areas of education, vocational training, legislation, and professional development.