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 2020 Schedule, Updated: November 2, 2020

11/4/20 - 11/5/20, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Jeffrey S. Landberg v YRC Freight, Inc.; William Jones; Frank Sampsell
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Patricia Hoffman v Medaille College
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

Roland Williams v City of New York, Office of School Support Services; City of New York, Department of Education; Thomas Rom; New York City School Support Services, Inc.; James Bond
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Julie D. Sams v Barbecue Integrated, Inc. d/b/a Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

11/9/20 - 11/10/20, 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

Yenny Severino v M L Restaurant, Corp. d/b/a Liberato Restaurant
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

James Adamczyk v Catholic Health System, Mercy Hospital
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

Joseph D. Gangemi v Northern Air Systems, Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

Mary Berry v ProHealth Care Associates, LLP
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Laurie Green v New York State Insurance Fund
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

11/12/20 - 11/13/20, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Derek Reddick v Brentwood Union Free School District
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

11/16/20 - 11/17/20, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
New York State, Division of Human Rights v Outerwall Inc.; Redbox Automated Retail LLC; Coinstar, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Susan M. O'Leary v Lowe's Home Centers, LLC
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Donna Pallini v Lucky Star CCT Inc.
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

11/18/20 - 11/19/20, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Regina Jackson v Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Inc.; George McCray; Annette Robinson
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Stephanie M. Quinones v North Shore Honda
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Siobhan Gelb v McGrath Management Services, Inc.; Hussain Khoder
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Eddie D. Ennis v Wal-Mart Stores East, LP
Administrative Law Judge: Edward Luban

11/23/20 - 11/24/20, 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Betsy Bambrick v Town of East Hampton; David Betts
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Aida Cabrera-Moro v Parker Jewish Institute For Health Care and Rehabilitation
Administrative Law Judge: Margaret A. Jackson

Jacqueline E. Rivera-Martinez v Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben


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.