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

January 2022 Schedule, Updated: December 30, 2021

1/3/22 - 1/4/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Aaron Pandiame Mejia v Rose Demolition and Carting, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

1/5/22 - 1/6/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Mohamed A. Arif v NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Yeraldin Rodriguez v My Image Studios, LLC d/b/a Mist Harlem; Curtis Pemberton
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Robert Ruiz v John Toscano Jr. Racing Stable Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

1/10/22 - 1/11/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Mariam Sanni-Adigun v Realty Plus Group Inc.; Dae J. Kim; Kyunghee Lee; Mustafa Yalaza; Ali Yalaza
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Kristina Talbi v Teach for America, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Ann I. Pascucci v John D. Roba Co., Inc. d/b/a JR Products; John Wolff; Carrie Hiller
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

1/12/22 - 1/13/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Tiffany Allen v D Auxilly NYC LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

William Goodness v Quality Vision International
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

1/14/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Gregory Flagg v Global Administrative Services, LLC d/b/a All Island Taxi; Mineola Automotive Inc.; Hempstead Leasing & Sales Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Fontaine v New York State, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

1/18/22, 11 AM to 5 PM
Kelvin Mejia Mendez v Sweet Sam’s Baking Company
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

1/18/22 - 1/19/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Donnell Lee-Edward Pinkard v Supercuts Corporate Shops, Inc.; Rebecca Passineau; Melissa Montagliano
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

1/19/22 - 1/20/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Gloribel Figueroa Baez v Mi Gente Multiservice MGM I,Corp.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Marlene E. Adams v City of New York, Police Department
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Trina Pardee Singh v Niagara Arthritis; Prem K. Tambar, M.D.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Nataly M. Rivera-Pratt v OS Restaurant Services, LLC d/b/a Carrabba's Italian Grill
Administrative Law Judge: Robert Vespoli

1/20/22 - 1/21/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Lizzy C. Crispin v Buffalo City School District
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

1/21/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Dena Orris v New York State, Division of State Police
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Gregory Flagg v Global Administrative Services, LLC d/b/a All Island Taxi; Mineola Automotive Inc.; Hempstead Leasing & Sales Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

1/24/22 - 1/25/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Altagracia A. Vargas v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Anthony Torres Bonet v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Diana Vega Castro v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Dionicio Antonio Tavarez v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Iris Leida Gonzales Rosario v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Jairo Henao v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Katherin Baez Cruz v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Luz Elena Sierra v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Luz Mery Mesa v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Maritza Mateo v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Mercedes Brito v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Modestina de Los Santos v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Roberto Gonzalez Cardona v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Teresa Romano v Dune Resorts, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Yessenia Bonilla v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Minorca Perez v Theodore C. Docu, M.D., P.C.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Melanie L. Turcsik v New York State, Office of Mental Health, Rochester Psychiatric Center
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Dilak Damirkelek v Gulluoglu Brighton LLC; Vehbi Ozdemir
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Melissa L. Carson v Niagara County; Joseph Jastrzemski; Wendy J. Roberson
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

1/26/22 - 1/27/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Vanessa Goodwin v Dutchess Golf Club; Richard Flandreau; Rhinebeck Bank
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

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.

Bernice Baker on behalf of Kendall S. Ramsey, a minor v West Irondequoit Central School District
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Ron Wu v Morgan Stanley Services Group, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

1/28/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Kelvin Mejia Mendez v Sweet Sam’s Baking Company
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

1/31/22 - 2/1/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Altagracia A. Vargas v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Anthony Torres Bonet v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Diana Vega Castro v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Dionicio Antonio Tavarez v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Iris Leida Gonzales Rosario v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Jairo Henao v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Katherin Baez Cruz v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Luz Elena Sierra v Dune Management Company, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Luz Mery Mesa v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Maritza Mateo v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Mercedes Brito v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Modestina de Los Santos v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Roberto Gonzalez Cardona v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Teresa Romano v Dune Resorts, Inc.; Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Yessenia Bonilla v Dune Resorts, LLC; Rosa Ayala
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli





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.