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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

July 2024 Schedule 
Updated: June 28, 2024

 

7/1/2024 – 7/2/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Janet Bridges v Erie County Medical Center Corporation 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Yuland Johnson v West Lawrence Care Center, LLC; Melinda Santiago; David Cytryn 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Anthony Hinton v Ford Motor Company 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Malcolm Evans & Emily Innvar v Heritage Place LLC; Zara Realty Holding Corp. 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

 

7/2/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Nigel Kenroy Forde v Joseph McDonald as President United Derrickman & Riggers Association, Union Local No. 197; A.J. McNulty & Co., Inc.; Artex Systems Inc.; Willliam Hayes; William Hayes as Financial Secretary Treasurer and Business Manager of the United Derrickman & Riggers Association, Union Local No. 197; Local 197 Apprentice-Journeyman Educational Fund 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

7/3/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
James Spacht v Town of Ripley, New York; Rebecca Caravallo; Darwin Rowe; Douglas Bowen 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

7/8/2024 – 7/9/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Nassima Abdelli-Beruh v Long Island University; Dr. Robert Domingo; Dr. Joyce Rubenstein; Stephanie Montano; Lori Newman; Albert Inserra; Denise Walsh; Shannon Shakespeare 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Gia Ruffini v Oldham-Gryska Agencies, LLC; Toby Lind, Sr. 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Ronie Dean v City of New York, Department of Correction 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Jennifer Ella Johnson v New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; Christopher Ellison, Assistant Deputy 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

7/10/2024 – 7/11/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Crystal L. Smith v Maximus, Inc. 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Ian Felmine v City of New York, Department of Parks & Recreation 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Catherine Alexis Detwiler v Lenn Property, LLC; Vendome Realty; Heribert P. Berry; Louis Devito 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

 

7/12/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
James Spacht v Town of Ripley, New York; Rebecca Caravallo; Darwin Rowe; Douglas Bowen 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

7/15/2024 – 7/16/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Annie Mae Smith v The Shore Winds, LLC; Rohm Services Corp. 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Maria Rimple v White Plains Hospital Medical Center 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Maryam Karriem v New York City Transit Authority; Kevin Worrell; Taaf Henry 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

 

7/17/2024 – 7/18/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Carolelyn LaPrairie, Abby E. Pratt, Madalyn Webster, Sarah Jarosinski v Pops Bakery & Deli S Corp; Thomas Miceli 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

Rayon Smith v Wallack Management Co., Inc.; Board of Managers of 30 East 85th Street Condominium; Stuart Shikiar 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Jose Campodonico v S.L. Green Realty Corp.; First Quality Maintenance II, LLC d/b/a Alliance Maintenance; Marcos Caballero 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Daniel Roman v Friendly Ford, Inc.; Jeff McKee 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Pamela D. Bickford v Geneseo Central School District 
Administrative Law Judge: Michael T. Groben

 

7/19/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 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

 

7/22/2024 – 7/23/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
John Campfield, Jr. v Titan Group LLC d/b/a JV Management Group, LLC; Vanessa DeRosa; Tim Orman; Titan Mediations Group d/b/a JV Management 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Mary Castillo v Wal-Mart Stores East, LP 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

Jennifer Fuller v Thorpe's Organic Farm, LLC; Gayle Thorpe; Naomi Krzemien 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

 

7/24/2024 – 7/25/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Margaret E. McGruder-Collins v North Amityville Fire Company, Inc.; Sidney Gellineau; Aquinas Nelson; Thomas Nelson 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

 

7/26/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Julie Jean-Baptiste v City of New York, Administration for Children’s Services 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

Eleanora Smith v Patterson Fire Department No 1, Inc.; Mario Gabrielli; Randall Mulkins; Joe Nickischer; John Baretto; Bret Politi; John Covell; Robert Bell, Jr. 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Miah Groom v City of New York, Department of Education; Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Eason L. Harvard v Appliance Direct Inc.; Albert Green 
Administrative Law Judge: Robert M. Vespoli

 

7/29/2024 – 7/30/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Jose Ignacio Arias Meza v LQ Management LLC, the employer at the La Quinta Inn & Suites By Wyndham Armonk; Donald Bowden; InterExchange 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Deshann Willis v City of New York, Department of Homeless Services 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer

Sheryl A. White v Career Systems Development Corporation; Sylvia Swan; Dennis Essom; Eric Valdez; Cassadaga Job Corps Center; Ken Swan; Thayne Bodenmiller 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Teeya M. Mullaney v Southern Tier Logistics; Andre Jamison 
Administrative Law Judge: Sharon A. Sorkin

 

7/31/2024 – 8/1/2024, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Richard Plotkin v New York State, State University of New York, University at Buffalo 
Administrative Law Judge: Martin Erazo, Jr.

David O. Danvers v MTA New York City Transit Authority; Transport Workers Union, Local 100 
Administrative Law Judge: Thomas S. Protano

Susan M. Walker v NYSARC, Inc., Chautauqua County Chapter d/b/a The Resource Center 
Administrative Law Judge: Rebecca A. Clancy

Michelle Jollie v Garnet Health Medical Center 
Administrative Law Judge: Alexander Linzer


 

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]