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2007

December 2007
The Commission obtained $20,000 on behalf of an individual with a conviction record summarily denied employment as a drug counselor. In addition, the Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau negotiated a $5,000 fine.

The Commission obtained $6,000 on behalf of a male nurse who alleged gender and age discrimination. 

The Commission collected a $50,000 fine for the City and obtained $15,000 on behalf of an individual with a criminal record who was turned away from an employment agency.

The Commission obtained $5,000 (approximately three months salary) on behalf of a former employee of a security company. Complainant, a security guard with Respondent Company, alleged that a male security personnel sexually harassed her. Complainant further alleged that after she complained to Respondent Company, she was retaliated against, in that her work hours were drastically reduced. The settlement was the by-product of the Commission’s mediation program.


November 2007
 
The Commission was able to obtain an accommodation, i.e., the ability to move to a vacant apartment on the first floor, for an individual who lived on the fourth floor of a non-elevator building and was recently required to use a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy. 

The Commission obtained $7,000 on behalf of a former employee of a company who was terminated after complaining about sexual harassment. The alleged sexual harassment by her supervisor occurred over a period of three weeks. 

The Commission obtained $4,500 on behalf of a former employee of an HVAC company. Complainant alleged that her supervisor sexual harassed her over a period of three months. Complainant further alleged that Respondent Company took corrective action after she complained about her supervisor’s coarse language. Complainant however prematurely quit her job immediately after complaining and without giving the company an opportunity to address the problem. Shortly after Complainant quit, Respondent Company fired the supervisor in question. The settlement was the by-product of a mediation conference held at the Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau. 


October 2007

The Commission obtained $2,000 on behalf of a restaurant employee who alleged gender discrimination at a restaurant. The substance of the allegation was that she was not paid the same as her male counterparts for the performance of some of the duties. She quit the restaurant within two months, having obtained substitute employment. The damages covered the amount of pay she lost as well as extra for the inconvenience.

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant that was summarily denied employment opportunities with a security company because of his hair (dreadlocks associated with his creed, Rastafarian). An employee of Respondent informed complainant that their clients would not hire him because of his hair; therefore they would not hire him. 

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant that was fired after requesting an accommodation for her disability, a hearing impairment. Complainant was hired as a seasonal sales associate by a major retailer. During her employment, Respondent informed Complainant of some deficiencies regarding her performance. Complainant requested an accommodation for her disability, which appeared to have been the cause of Respondent’s concerns. Respondent denied the accommodation and terminated Complainant’s employment.


September 2007
 
The Commission obtained a $50,000 settlement on behalf of a utility company employee who alleged sexual orientation discrimination. The female employee was subjected to being called derogatory names by supervisors and co-workers. Her complaints to management went unanswered.

The Commission obtained $8,000 on behalf of a disabled employee of a store. The complainant was denied an accommodation for her disability (pregnancy) and was subsequently terminated for taking time off from work. In addition to the money, the store has agreed to train their staff regarding discrimination issues and has created a new employment discrimination policy. The complainant was offered her job back; however, she decided to stay home and raise her child.

As a result of the Commission’s Employment Testing Program, the Commission was able to uncover discriminatory hiring practices at a Manhattan restaurant. The Commission’s Caucasian testers were directed to the restaurant’s manager to discuss employment opportunities, whereas the non-white testers (who entered minutes earlier or later) were told that the manager was not available and that they should leave their resume. The restaurant agreed to pay a $7,000 fine and provide all of its employees with employment discrimination training. 

The Commission obtained a $10,000 settlement on behalf of a 65 year-old, full-time student at local university who was denied housing due to his age. The settlement was the by-product of the Commission’s mediation program. 

The Commission obtained $8,000 on behalf of a former employee of City agency. Complainant was retaliated against after filing an internal EEO complainant against a Deputy Chief. Subsequent to the EEO complainant, Complainant received a poor performance evaluation. Complainant’s immediate Supervisor refused, at first, to endorse the poor performance evaluation. The settlement was the by-product of a mediation conference held at the urging of the Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau. 


August 2007
 
The Commission obtained a $10,000 settlement on behalf of a restaurant employee who alleged sexual harassment on the part of her supervisor and further alleged that the rejection of his advances led to her dismissal. It appeared that her dismissal might have been based on the complainant’s use of derogatory terms to refer to African-Americans, particularly the offending supervisor. The restaurant no longer employed the supervisor at the time of the agreement.

The Commission received a favorable Report and Recommendation from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) employed by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings on a case litigated in June 2007. The case involved an employment agency that refused to consider placing the complainant due to her age (50). The ALJ recommended $1,000 in damages and a $5,000 fine to the City. The Commission will issue a Final Decision and Order after the parties have had an opportunity to comment on the recommendation.

The Commission obtained $8,000 on behalf of a City employee who alleged age discrimination. The complainant took a disability leave shortly after filing his complaint thereby minimizing the damages. The settlement was the by-product of a mediation conference.

The Commission obtained $3,000 on behalf of an employee of a restaurant. The allegations were that the complainant’s supervisor made one derogatory remark concerning complainant’s skin color, made in response to complainant’s insubordination. The complainant was terminated after filing a complaint with the Commission; however, the Commission determined the termination was justified based upon an inappropriate remark made by the complainant to another supervisor. This settlement was the by-product of a mediation conference.


July 2007
 
The Commission obtained $10,000 on behalf of an employee of a restaurant. The allegations were that the field manager made derogatory and offensive remarks concerning complainant’s gender and marital status. The Commission determined that the underlying comments would not give rise to a gender discrimination claim and moved forward with a retaliation claim (the complainant alleged that she was terminated after she filed a complaint). 


June 2007
 
The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a restaurant employee who alleged religious discrimination against a Manhattan restaurant and its manager. The allegation was that the manager was over-heard saying that he did not trust Muslims; the complainant reported that he was offended by the remark and was terminated soon thereafter. The settlement was reached through mediation. The restaurant has also agreed to post and follow a Commission approved anti-discrimination policy and provide training for its managers.

The Commission obtained $1,000 for an individual who alleged that he was denied employment due to his conviction record. The employer alleged that the complainant lied on his application.

The Commission obtained $17,000 on behalf of a disabled employee who was terminated during a documented short-term disability leave. The complainant was only working at the location for a short period and decided she did not wish to return.

The Commission obtained $19,000 for an ironworker who was terminated after being on a documented disability leave for six months.