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

June 2021 Schedule, Updated: May 28, 2021

6/2/21 - 6/3/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Julia M. Batista v ABM Industry Groups, LLC f/k/a ABM Janitorial Services-Northeast, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

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

Angelica Castle v PLS Check Cashers of New York, Inc; Perla Ramirez
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Marston Blanch v Alante Security Group, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Barbara Patricia Davis v HW Temps, LLC dba HW Staffing Solutions
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

6/7/21 - 6/8/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Lakeshia Johnson v Hamister Group, LLC; Hamister Hospitality North Carolina, LLC d/b/a Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Steven Abt v Wreck & Mend, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

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

Jannet F. Reyes v YM Zoya INC. d/b/a Salon Nouvelle
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

6/9/21 - 6/10/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Stephanie M. Quinones v North Shore Honda
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Teddy Dormeyer v CSX Transportation, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Kendal Gregory v Solid & Striped, LLC; Jim Kaemmerling; R + Agency
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

6/11/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Nathaniel Ali, Jr. v Depriest 6935 Ward Road, LLC d/b/a Jacks Grill & Banquets; Mike Depriest
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Jessie Dixon v Allstate Power Vac, Inc. d/b/a ACV Enviro
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

6/14/21 - 6/15/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Vanessa R. Parham v Push Fitness Club
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Stephanie Martinez v MetroWireless 167 Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

6/16/21 - 6/17/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Aida Cabrera-Moro v Parker Jewish Institute For Health Care and Rehabilitation
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Gayle Renee Achim v Rush-Henrietta Central School District
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Rudolph Tindal v Coler Hospital & Nursing Facility; New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation D/B/A NYC Health + Hospitals
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

6/21/21 - 6/22/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Theresa Denatale v Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc.; Terry Woodcock
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

Jose Martinez Dubon v DELCO ELECTRICAL CORP.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Lauren Marie Countryman v Wireless Vision, LLC; Brett Kennedy
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

6/23/21 - 6/24/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Liseth M. Martinez v Riko Peruvian Restaurant; Walter Burgos
Julia De la Roca v Riko Peruvian Restaurant; Walter Burgos
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

6/25/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Rufino A. Estevez v Felo Deli Grocery Corp.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

6/28/21 - 6/29/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Christopher Teto v American Paper Mills Supply LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Mariam Sanni-Adigun v Realty Plus Group Inc.; Dae J. Kim; Kyunghee Lee; Mustafa Yalaza; Ali Yalaza
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

6/30/21 - 7/1/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Amy Lipsky v Toast Coffeehouse
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Michael Joe Hosey v Arnprior Rapid Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Bethany Baller Donoghue v Randstad US, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Elizabeth A. Szaluta v Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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.