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

May 2021 Schedule, Updated: May 2, 2021

5/3/21 - 5/4/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Roberto Melendez v Montefiore Medical Center
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Maryann Lowe v Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Amy Lipsky v Toast Coffeehouse
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

5/5/21 - 5/6/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Celia Clancy v Park Line Asphalt Maintenance Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Richard Plotkin v New York State, State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Maxine Brock v WinnResidential (NY) LLC; Pines Apartments LP; Katie Gross; Rochester Housing Authority
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Shannon Pacheco v Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc.; Herman Twiggs; Loring Place North Housing Development Fund Corp.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Darryl Andrews v Crothall Healthcare, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

5/10/21 - 5/11/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Kerris Delroy Hall v City of New York, Department of Correction
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Monique C. Gibbs v Trans Globe Logistics America Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Mark A. Gill v JTE ENTERPRISES INC.
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Irma Portillo-Amaya v Old Navy, div. of Gap, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

5/12/21 - 5/13/21, 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.

Randall James Pender v City of New York, Department of Sanitation; Pascale Kerlegrand; M. Cigliano
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Juan L. Rojas Carmona v Martens Fresh, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

Marlene Mendez v Ecua-Deli & Products, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

5/14/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Tony N. Abbas v Najar Bagels d/b/a Le Bagel Delight; Mohammad Najar, Owner
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

5/17/21 - 5/18/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Kimani Selassie v Go New York Tours Inc. d/b/a Topview Sightseeing NYC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Shannon L. Liberatore v 4510 Lake Avenue, Inc. d/b/a Buffalo's Best Pizza & Wings; Roger Bell
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

5/19/21 - 5/20/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Crystal Barton v Buffalo Public Schools; Kriner Cash; Nathaniel Kuzma, Esq.
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Paula A. Black v New York City Transit Authority
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Stefanie Marie Rogers v Niagara County
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

5/24/21 - 5/25/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Karla Back v New York State, State University of New York, Alfred State College
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Rebecca Nicolino v Allies GF Goodies
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Rufino A. Estevez v Felo Deli Grocery Corp.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

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

5/26/21 - 5/27/21, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Amy Fortin a/k/a Avery Fortin v Remark Holding Company, Inc.; Brianna Rich; Moira Nowc
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Carlton McKenzie v XPO Logistics Freight, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Nalini Jaipaul v DO & CO New York Catering, Inc.; Subardan Khadka; Hernan Celleri
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Kimberly Woelfersheim v Prospectors Restaurant, LLC; Sue Welch; Brian Rohloff; Deanna Rohloff
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Tina F. Nunez v City of Buffalo; Moses Robinson
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban



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.