Matthew Menes is an experienced attorney and a long-term employee of the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Mr. Menes has served as Adjudication Counsel to the Commissioner’s Office since March 2007. As Adjudication Counsel, he reviews, on behalf of the Commissioner, Administrative Law Judges’ proposed orders after hearing, is empowered to author alternative proposed orders, issues final determinations when so designated, participates in training the Division’s ALJs and attorneys and advises the Commissioner on policy matters.
Mr. Menes joined the Division in 1999 as an Investigator for the Office of Sexual Harassment Issues. In 2000, Mr. Menes was promoted to the position of Senior Attorney in the Division’s Prosecutions Unit. While serving in that capacity, he successfully prosecuted at the Division State Div. of Human Rights v. Stoute, in which the Appellate Division ultimately recognized that the New York Human Rights law forbids same-sex sex harassment in housing. Mr. Menes served as Senior Attorney until 2007 when he was promoted to Adjudication Counsel.
Prior to his work with the Division. Mr. Menes worked as an employment lawyer for the American Stock Exchange and at the law firm of Studio Legale Tonucci.
Mr. Menes received a J.D., with a specialty in Employment and Labor Law, from Golden Gate University School of Law.