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2008

December 2008
Pursuant to a conciliation agreement, Respondent sports club, located in Manhattan, agreed to construct a fully accessible bathroom with shower stall to accommodate people with disabilities. The estimated cost of the construction is in excess of $75,000.

As the result of a Commission initiated complaint, a restaurant that posted a discriminatory advertisement seeking “Female Hostess,” agreed to pay a fine of $4,000 to the City of New York.

A complainant, who filed a complaint with the Commission alleging sexual harassment discrimination, privately settled the matter with her employer for $10,000. Based on the complainant’s request, the Commission closed its investigation.


November 2008

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged that his employer failed to promote him on two occasions. The Commission also secured a neutral letter of reference for Complainant from Respondent employer.

After filing her case with the Commission alleging disability discrimination (pregnancy), Complainant requested that the Commission withdraw her complaint because she privately settled the matter with Respondent employer for $5,000.

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was denied services at a nail salon because she has psoriasis, a non-contagious skin condition on her legs and arms, but not her hands. Respondent employees ridiculed and humiliated Complainant in front of other patrons.

The Commission assisted a disabled Complainant against her landlord. Complainant wanted to move from her third floor apartment to a ground floor apartment. Respondent landlord ultimately allowed Complainant to swap her third floor rent stabilized apartment for a ground floor rent stabilized without any increase in rent.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant, which posted the discriminatory advertisement "Hostess Positions Available," Respondent restaurant agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York.


October 2008

The Commission obtained $9,400 on behalf of a Complainant who was summarily denied employment by Respondent employer because of Complainant's conviction record.

The Commission obtained $1,000 in damages on behalf of a blind Complainant who was denied entrance into a chain food establishment while accompanied by a service animal. Respondent also agreed to distribute a policy statement to all their establishments located within New York City explaining the rights of disabled people to be accompanied by service animals within places of public accommodation. The respondent also agreed to pay the City a $5,000 fine.

The Commission negotiated a $100,000 settlement on behalf of a Complainant who was wrongfully discharged from her employment due to a mental disability.

The Commission negotiated $10,000 settlement on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated due to her national origin and race. Respondent employer also agreed to change Complainant's termination to a resignation.

The Commission obtained a $6,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was summarily denied employment by Respondent employer because of Complainant's conviction record.

Pursuant to a settlement conference at OATH, Respondent landlord agreed to built a handicap accessible entrance and exit ramp to accommodate Complainant, as well as pay Complainant $10,000 in compensatory damages.


September 2008

Pursuant to a settlement at OATH, the Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged gender and age discrimination.

The Commission obtained a $5,000 fine against an employer, as well as $380.00 in compensatory damages for the Complainant, for summarily discharging Complainant, a temporary employee, because of his conviction record.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation, the Commission obtained a $5,000 fine from Respondent landlord for placing a discriminatory advertisement on a web listing service, excluding children.

The Commission filed a case on behalf of a Complainant who was allegedly not hired, by Respondent, due to his conviction record.  Complainant withdrew the compliant after securing a $13,000 settlement from Respondent.

The Commission successfully prosecuted an age discrimination case, at OATH, on behalf of a senior citizen who was summarily denied employment, by Respondent, due to her age and gender.  After the trial, the Administrative Law Judge ordered Respondent to pay Complainant $640 in lost wages and a $1,000 fine to the City.


August 2008

The Commission obtained $7,500 on behalf of a Complainant who was refused employment due to his national origin.

The Commission filed a case on behalf of a male who alleged that he was terminated due to a prior conviction. Complainant withdrew the compliant after securing a $20,000 settlement.

The Commission obtained $11,000 on behalf of a disabled complainant who was denied access into a doctor's office located in a cooperative apartment building and was physically removed from the lobby by the building's doorman.

The Commission successfully represented four disabled complainants against a respondent landlord, who agreed to construct multiple access ways into the subject building, as well as a covered waiting area.


July 2008
The Commission obtained a $9,000 fine from a restaurant that utilized illegal gender based hiring practices, i.e., refusing to hire servers who are not female. The complaint was initiated as part of our employment-testing program.

The Commission successfully intervened on behalf of a complainant who was summarily denied employment because of her conviction record. A Commission attorney called the prospective employer who subsequently hired the woman at a salary of $63,000, plus $5,000 starting bonus.

After an OATH settlement conference, the Commission obtained $8,800 on behalf of a complainant who alleged that he was denied employment because of a prior criminal conviction. Respondent company also agreed to pay the City a fine of $11,200 for violating the Human Rights Law.

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf of complainant who was fired after complaining of discrimination.

The Commission obtained $20,000 on behalf of another complainant who was refused employment solely because of the complainant’s criminal conviction record. Complainant received $8,800 in compensatory damages, and the City received a fine in the amount of $11,200.

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf of a complainant who was terminated by respondent shortly after complaining of national origin discrimination.


June 2008

The Commission negotiated for a new apartment on behalf of a disabled veteran whose building was inaccessible. Respondents, who own several buildings in the area, agreed to move Complainant to an accessible building in the same neighborhood, provide complainant with a completely refurbished handicap accessible apartment, pay all costs associated with the move and freeze Complainant’s rent for the remainder of his life.  The settlement value is estimated to be in excess of $40,000.

The Commission obtained $6,000 on behalf of a complainant who was retaliated against after opposing discriminatory behavior at his place of employment. This case was settled through mediation avoiding the cost of litigation.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation, the Commission obtained $5,000 fine from a restaurant for placing a discriminatory advertisement on the web, which expressed a preference for a certain nationality.


May 2008

Pursuant to a settlement conference held at OATH, after a finding of probable cause, the Commission obtained $15,000 on a complainant who was denied the purchase of a cooperative apartment due her national origin and religion.

The Commission obtained $15,500 on behalf of a male Complainant who alleged that his female boss, Respondent, sexually harassed him. In addition, the Respondent agreed to participate in a sexual harassment seminar, as well as provide her staff with training.

The Commission obtained $7,000 ($3,500 apiece) on behalf of two female Hispanic Complainants who alleged race discrimination against their employer. 

The Commission obtained an $8,000 fine from Respondent restaurant for utilizing discriminatory hiring practices by refusing to consider male applicants for the “server” positions it posted on the web. The complaint was initiated as part of the Commission’s employment-testing program.

The Commission settled a case involving ferry providers servicing New York City. Under the settlement agreement, Respondents will provide safe, secure and immediate means of embarking and disembarking on every trip for disabled passengers.


April 2008

The Commission obtained an $8,000 fine from a restaurant for utilizing discriminatory hiring practices by refusing to consider male applicants for the "server" positions it posted on a web service. The complaint was initiated as part of the Commission's Employment-Testing Program.

The Commission settled a case involving ferry providers servicing New York City. Under the settlement agreement, the respondents will provide safe, secure and immediate means of embarking and disembarking on every trip for disabled passengers.

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf an employee who was fired after she requested 30 days disability leave, as per her doctor’s direction. The respondent employer also agreed to provide training to its entire human resources staff regarding discrimination against persons with disabilities.

The Commission obtained a $5,000 on behalf of a complainant who was transferred to a lower paying job after requesting an accommodation for her disability.

The Commission obtained a $9,000 fine from a restaurant that demonstrated illegal racial and gender based hiring practices, i.e., refusing to hire servers who are not Caucasian and female. The complaint was initiated as part of the Commission’s Employment Discrimination Testing Program.


March 2008

The Commission obtained $8,500 on behalf of a complainant who alleged disparate treatment based on her sexual orientation and race. The parties settled the matter through the mediation process. In addition, the respondents agreed to expunge a negative evaluation from complainant’s personnel file, which led to her termination.

The Commission obtained $7,500 on behalf of a complainant who alleged her minor daughter was discriminated against based on her disability. The parties settled the matter through the mediation process. In addition, the respondents agreed to provide complainant’s daughter with a letter of apology and provide sensitivity training to the managerial employees at the retail store where the incident occurred.

The Commission obtained a $5,000 fine from a realty company that published illegal family based restrictions in housing advertisements, i.e., No Children, Couples Only, or No Shares. The complaint was initiated as part of the Commission’s Housing Testing Program.

The Commission obtained $7,000 on behalf of a former employee of a security company who requested a medical accommodation for her disability, but was refused and subsequently terminated. The parties decided to privately settle the matter after a mediation conference held at the Commission.

The Commission obtained $10,000 on behalf of a complainant who alleged disparate treatment and a hostile work environment based on her gender and race. The parties settled the matter through the mediation process. In addition, the respondents agreed to provide periodic EEO training to its managerial employees.


February 2008

The Commission obtained a $5,000 fine from a restaurant that demonstrated illegal gender based hiring practices, i.e., refusing to hire males. The complaint was initiated as part of our employment testing program.

The Commission obtained $9,750 on behalf of a former restaurant employee who complained about sexual harassment and a racially charged environment at the restaurant. Complainant alleged that her hours were reduced and that she was ultimately terminated in retaliation for her complaint. The parties reached the settlement after a mediation conference.

The Commission obtained $7,000 on behalf of a former employee of a hospital alleging discrimination on the basis of his religion, i.e., respondent’s insistence that complainant work on the Sabbath. Complainant also alleged that respondent retaliated against him by creating a hostile work environment after he complained of discrimination. At the time of the settlement, complainant had retired on a disability pension.


January 2008

The Commission obtained $5,000 from a hostel operating in Brooklyn accused of charging substantially different rates to patrons based upon their national origin, gender and age. The hostel also agreed to change their pricing structure. This was a Commission initiated complaint.

The Commission obtained $114,500 on behalf of a former employee who endured anti-Semitic jokes by a co-worker. After complainant filed an internal complaint with respondent, he was terminated.