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

November 2021 Schedule, Updated: October 29, 2021

11/1/21 - 11/2/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Marie J. Polycarpe v The Brooklyn Hospital Center; Guy Mennona; Thomas Foley
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

11/3/21 - 11/4/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Loretta Reid v Peace Bridge Apartments, L.P.; Barbara K. Milbrand; Calvin Doe, true last name unknown; Kenneth Pieri
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Jessica Snickles v ABD Engineers, LLP; Gia Nealon; Luigi Palleschi; Joseph Bianchine
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Destini C. Malta v Fancee Limousine Service, Inc.; Jeffrey S. Daversa; Lisa A. Daversa; Joann Barrus
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

Russell John Lathan, Jr. v Village of LeRoy
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

11/5/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Heather A. Martinez v New York State, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

11/8/21 - 11/9/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Fitzroy Graham v Reliant Transportation, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Sylvia M. Ebiware v Long Island Community Hospital
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Adrian Anderson v Nationwide Maintenance, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Dawn Kelsey v Law Office of Ronald R. Benjamin; Ronald R. Benjamin, Esq.
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Yara Hoppenstein v Bright Horizons Children's Centers LLC; The Kehillah School for Early Learning - Temple Israel of New Rochelle
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Kenneth G. Selover v The Northside Inn, Inc.; Dennis Verni
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

11/12/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Deidre A. Byrd-Cherry, as Administrator of the Estate of Keith J. Cherry, Complainant v New York City School Support Services, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Kelvin Mejia Mendez v Sweet Sam’s Baking Company
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

11/15/21 - 11/16/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
James Edward Cromer v R. W. Painting, Inc.; Zach Jonas
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Joel Allen Ross v Town House Specialty Cleaning Company
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Niesha S. Burnett v NYC Transit Authority
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Nolah Carter v Catholic Health System, Inc., Mount St. Mary's Neigborhood Health Center; Nora Sweeney
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

11/17/21 - 11/18/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
John Littlefield v Syro Logistics Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Kimani Selassie v Go New York Tours Inc. d/b/a Topview Sightseeing NYC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

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

Terrence Kelso v SSM&RC, Inc. d/b/a Spring Sheet Metal & Roofing; William Johnson
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

11/22/21 - 11/23/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Stacie Seabron v City of New York, Department of Correction
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Caitlyn Polant v Met 93 Inc. d/b/a The Main Event; Emanuel Constantatos
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Christopher Fox v AM Communications, Ltd.
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

11/23/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Deidre A. Byrd-Cherry, as Administrator of the Estate of Keith J. Cherry, Complainant v New York City School Support Services, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

11/29/21 - 11/30/21, 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

Tracy A. Alberti v Uptown Group Associates, Inc. d/b/a Oliver's Restaurant; David Schutte; Phillip Adams, Catering Sous Chef
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Philip Tucker v Home Life Services
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.