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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

December 2022 Schedule
Updated: November 29, 2022

 

11/28/22 - 12/1/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
William Uribe; Dusha Nikprelevic; Halina Mieleszko; Veronica C. Abreu; Jadwiga Zabiega; Sofia Clotsos; Sabit Halilovic; Mirla A. Ettedgui; Luisa Feliz v ABM Janitorial Services – Northeast, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Lucy Grenga v Lifetime Benefit Solutions, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Alice Charles v New York City Transit Authority
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

 

12/2/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Rachel Jean LaChina v Varma Enterprises Inc. DBA Tim Hortons; Jennifer Giusti, Manager; Jennifer Stein, Human Resources; Manan Varma, Owner; Varma Enterprises Inc.; Ahuja Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Tim Hortons
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

 

12/5/22 - 12/6/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Mohamad A. Mohamad v Republic Steel Technologies; Thomas Shrader; Geoff Stancliffe
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Marnetta D. Broyld v Stonewood Village; Jacqueline Martin; John Rosenhauer; Henrietta Housing Fund Corp
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Khandy McGraw v The D & F Development Group, LLC; Katrina Brown; The Eclipse at Locust Manor, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Candice Rivera v SDH Education West, LLC; Daniel Alexander; Sodexo, Inc.; Colene Doughty
Maimouna M. Sacko v SDH Education West, LLC; Sodexo, Inc.; Colene Doughty

Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer
 

12/7/22 - 12/8/22, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Nickie Kane v Erika Villafuerte; Star Parker, LLC. d/b/a McDonald's; Nelly Massott
Nickie Kane v Star Parker LLC d/b/a McDonald; Veronica Solares; Frida Gouldstone
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Nick Gilewski v Power Authority of the State of New York; Christopher Carey
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

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

Rhea Gessner; Margaret J. Hutzler; Patricia Gavan; Caroline A. Hennessy; Courtney F. DiPietro v Elyse S. Rafal, MD, PC; DermResearchCenter of New York, Inc.; Rafal Center for Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery,

Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

 

 

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]