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Hearings

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.

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 [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 [email protected].

Schedule

April 2024 Schedule 
Updated: March 29, 2024

 

4/1/2024 – 4/2/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
John H. Baggett v Syracuse Housing Authority; Rakiem Days 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

 

4/2/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
James A. Pierce, III v RCI Theatricals Inc.; Bonnie Panson 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

4/3/2024 – 4/4/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Chad Evan Orlando v 120-128 Sherman LLC; Chestnut Holdings of New York, Inc.; Premier One Realty LLC; John Bingham 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Emina Osmanovic v St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

 

4/5/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Mujahin Muhammad v Lenox Gold Market Corporation 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Ashley R. Harris v Independent Art Fair, LLC 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

4/8/2024 – 4/9/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Rebecca Beebee v Tessy Plastics Corporation; Pierce Bucknam 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Philip E. Dominguez v MTA New York City Transit; Mark Wolodarsky; Maxim (Max) Diamond 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Audrey Elizabeth Childs, on behalf of her minor son Darrius A. Settles v West Irondequoit Central School District 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Angela Downing v Buffalo Board of Education 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

 

4/9/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Jeremy Laboriel v Alliance Maintenance; Eddy Niedbola; First Quality Maintenance II, LLC d/b/a Alliance Maintenance 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

4/10/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Robert H. Abrams v City of New York, Office of Food and Nutrition Services; Chinenye Aguoji; Armando Taddel; Good Temps; New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.; Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

4/10/2024 – 4/11/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Seanna Hall v City of New York, Police Department 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Michael Shawn Fox v Lochland School Incorporated; Julie Chiccino; Deb McMillion 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

James Marcy v Holcim (U.S.) Inc.; Brian Soeffing; Morgan Hyacinthe 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Sarah Brennan v Law Office of Carolyn E. Leed; Carolyn E. Leed 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

4/15/2024 – 4/16/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Robyn A. Fishkin v Nassau County 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Diana Lynn Klimczak v New York State, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Peter John Wales v Scott F. McClurg, Inc.; Scott F. McClurg 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Melissa A. Perez v Buffalo City School District; Eduardo Flores; Adam Renzoni 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy
 

4/17/2024 – 4/18/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Rebecca M. O'Hara v Crouse Health Hospital, Inc.; Amy Crowley 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Dylan Jarvis v United Mortgage Corporation; John Faracco 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Astrid M. Escobar v State University of New Yor at Fredonia; Gerald Fisk 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Kelly Cudney v RPCI Ongology, P.C.; Elizabeth Meier; David Tear; Christin Priester 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy
 

4/19/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Islam R. Karim v Cricket Wireless LLC; Icell Incorporated; AT&T Services, Inc. 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Glenn Liou v Coliseum Gym Inc.; Mike Cipriani; Coliseum Gym 2.0 Inc. 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Agatha Rivera v City of New York, Fire Department 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer
 

4/22/2024 – 4/23/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Danielle S. Turner v Rochester City School District 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin


4/24/2024 – 4/25/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Michelle Conomos; v JSB Management Group, LLC; Rebecca A Farthing; Boris Bogomolnik; Henry Farthing 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Anna A. Amato v Williamsville Central School District 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

4/26/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Anissa E. Pritchett v New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; Lisa Butler 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Christaline Pierre v The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc. 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli


4/29/2024 – 4/30/2024, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Nicole E. Carmoega v Nordstrom, Inc.; Anna Contreras; Evangelos Sgolombis; Trish McEvoy Ltd. 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Elmer Marquez-Bruno v Rosina Food Products, Inc.; John Blood; Kevin Knaus 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Richard A. Worden v New York State, Office of Children & Family Services 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben
 

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.

Office of Administrative Law Judges

​Inquiries regarding public hearings may be directed to the:
Office of Administrative Law Judges
NYS Division of Human Rights
One Fordham Plaza, Fourth Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
Tel: (718) 741-8255
eFax: (718) 741-8333
Email: [email protected]