New York State Division of Human Rights Public Hearings

Videoconference Public Hearings
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) will be holding public hearings via a videoconference platform. Anyone who wishes to attend a public hearing, including members of the public, press, and other non-participating observers ("attendees") should email Opens in a new window[email protected]. Attendees will be able to see and/or hear the public hearing in the same manner as the participants and will have a similar experience to sitting in a hearing room. Please note that you must email your intent to attend a hearing, to the email above, at least one business day in advance of the start of the hearing.

IMPORTANT: Any recording of a Division proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other audio or visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.

Technical Support: The Division will not provide technical support for participants or attendees. Please contact your local IT support, and you may let us know if you are having technical difficulties by email at Opens in a new window[email protected].

Public Hearings Schedule

August 2021 Schedule, Updated: July 30, 2021

8/2/21 - 8/3/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
James S. Green v Metropolitan Learning Institute Inc.; Dr. Masudul Hassan; Boris Davidoff; James Bruce; Leo Davidoff; Steven Cruz
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Sherley Flores v Rochester City School District
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

8/4/21 - 8/5/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Vanessa R. Parham v Push Fitness Club
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Kathryn Pyjas v JPP Freight Service, Inc.; Melissa Tremblay; Jeffrey Pastore
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

Antoinette D. Lee v Wavecrest Management; The Parodneck Foundation; Community Assisted Tenant Controlled Housing, Inc.,
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Linda J. Zielezinski v HSBC Technology & Services (USA) Inc.; Jeremy Kephart, Human Resources Representative; Mitch Lief, Head of Operations
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

8/6/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Rufino A. Estevez v Felo Deli Grocery Corp.,
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

What is a Public Hearing?
DHR investigates, prosecutes, and adjudicates complaints of unlawful discrimination. If a DHR investigation determined that there is probable cause to believe that unlawful discrimination may have occurred, the complaint will move forward to our public hearing process. A public hearing, pursuant to the Human Rights Law, is a trial-like proceeding at which relevant evidence is placed in the hearing record. It is a hearing de novo, which means that the Commissioner’s final decision on the case is based solely on the content of the hearing record. The public hearing is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge, and a verbatim transcript is made of the proceedings. The hearing may last one or more days, not always consecutive. Parties are notified of all hearing sessions in advance, and the case may be adjourned to a later date only for good cause. At the conclusion of the hearing sessions, a proposed Order is prepared by the Administrative Law Judge and is sent to the parties for comment.

What Occurs After the Public Hearing?
A final Order is issued by the Commissioner. The Commissioner either dismisses the complaint or finds discrimination. If discrimination is found, Respondent will be ordered to cease and desist and take appropriate action, such as reinstatement, training of staff, or provision of reasonable accommodation of disability. The Division may award money damages to Complainant including back pay and compensatory damages for mental pain and suffering, attorney’s fees, and civil fines and penalties. A Commissioner’s Order may be appealed by either party to the State Supreme Court within 60 days. Orders after hearing are transferred by the lower court to the Appellate Division for review.