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2009

December 2009
The Commission obtained $15,000 for a Complainant who was terminated during a maternity leave. Respondent employer never replaced Complainant and subsequently closed its practice.

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $2,000 for terminating her employment shortly after she gave notice that she was pregnant. Complainant did not intend to return to work after the birth of her child. The Commission, however, also fined Respondent employer $5,000 for violating the NYC Human Rights Law. Respondent employer also agreed to provide anti-discrimination employment training to its hiring and managerial staff.

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent employer agree to pay Complainant $5,000 for terminating her employment shortly after she complained of discrimination. Respondent employer also agreed to provide anti-discrimination employment training to its hiring and managerial staff.


November 2009

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher, as well as provide Complainant with a rent credit totaling four months, which represents Complainant's portion of the rent she would not have had to pay if Respondent landlord had initially accepted her voucher.

The Commission obtained $6,500 from Respondent food retailer for prohibiting Complainant, who is visually impaired, from entering Respondent's store with her guide dog.

The Commission obtained $15,000 from Respondent employer for disciplining Complainant each time she was out sick to due a complicated pregnancy. Respondent employer also agreed to train its staff regarding local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws.


October 2009

Respondent restaurant agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 for posting a discriminatory advertisement limiting employment to women, which was confirmed through an employment test conducted by Commission employees. Respondent further agreed to train its staff regarding local, state and federal anti-discrimination law.

After mediation, the Commission obtained $5,100 from Respondent nursing school program for canceling a Complainant's enrollment due to her disability. Complainant did not want to return to the program.

Pursuant to the Commission's employment testing program, Respondent restaurant agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10,000 for posting a discriminatory advertisement limiting employment to women, which was confirmed through an employment test conducted by Commission employees.

The Commission obtained $7,000 from Respondent employer for failing to grant Complainant's request for a religious observance, and subsequently terminating her employment after one week of work. Complainant found new employment shortly thereafter and refused to consider returning to Respondent employer.


September 2009

The Commission obtained $22,000 from Respondent employer for terminating Complainant's employment due, in part, to his mental disability. Complainant found new employment and did not want to return to work for Respondent employer.

The Commission obtained $48,000 from Respondent employer for terminating Complainant's employment after learning Complainant planned to file a sexual harassment discrimination complaint.


August 2009

The Commission obtained $10,000 in damages from Respondents who own and manage rental property, for constructively evicting Complainant from her apartment after seeing her five bi-racial children.

Pursuant to a Commission settlement agreement, Respondent landlord will accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher as a lawful source of income and reimburse Complainant approximately $6,055.00, which represents the projected amount Complainant would not have had to pay if Respondent had accepted Complainant's Section 8 voucher when it was originally presented.

Pursuant to a Commission settlement agreement, Respondent landlord will accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher as a lawful source of income and reimburse Complainant approximately $7,175.00, which represents the projected amount Complainant would not have had to pay if Respondent had accepted Complainant's Section 8 voucher when it was originally presented.

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged Respondent employer fostered a hostile work environment based on gender. In addition, Respondent employer agreed to provide training to its staff concerning local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws.


July 2009

After a mediation conference held at the Commission, Respondent employer and Complainant agreed to privately settle a disability discrimination complaint for $60,000.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent realty company, which posted a discriminatory advertisement stating "No Programs Accepted," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant, which posted a discriminatory advertisement seeking "hostess and phone girl," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $4,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant, which posted a discriminatory advertisement seeking "female hostesses," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant, which posted a discriminatory advertisement seeking "Brazilian female bartender" and "Brazilian waitresses," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

The Commission obtained $6,338.39 on behalf of Complainant, who was summarily denied employment by Respondent employer due to a prior criminal conviction.


June 2009

The Commission obtained $12,000 in damages on behalf of a complainant who was fired after complaining of sexual harassment. Respondent employer also agreed to train its staff on applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent wine bar for posting a discriminatory advertisement seeking "Experienced Waitresses," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant for posting a discriminatory advertisement based on gender, Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

The Commission obtained $2,500, as a civil penalty, from Respondent real estate agency for posting the discriminatory advertisement, "No Government Programs."

The Commission obtained $5,500 in damages from Respondent employer for summarily terminating Complainant's employment after learning of his conviction record.

The Commission obtained $14,000 in damages from Respondent employers for terminating Complainant's employment after learning she was pregnant.

The Commission obtained $10,000 in damages and a $5,000 fine from Respondent physician for refusing to accommodate Complainant, a hearing impaired patient, by providing a sign language interpreter.


May 2009

The Commission obtained $5,000, as a civil penalty, from Respondent employer for posting a discriminatory advertisement stating a limitation based on gender. Respondent also agreed to provide training to its staff regarding the prevention of discrimination against persons based on their membership in a protected class.

The Commission obtained $5,500 in emotional distress damages from Respondent employer for failing to engage Complainant, a pregnant woman, in the interactive process concerning a reasonable accommodation for her disability. Complainant and thirty others were ultimately laid off as part of a downsizing due to the economy.

The Commission obtained $10,000 in civil penalties from two restaurants, $5,000 each, for posting discriminatory advertisements stating a limitation based on gender. Each restaurant also agreed to provide training to their staff regarding the prevention of discrimination against persons based on their membership in a protected class.

The Commission obtained $5,000 in civil penalties from a restaurant for utilizing age based discriminatory hiring practices. The restaurant also agreed to provide training to its staff regarding the prevention of discrimination against persons based on their membership in a protected class.

After a settlement conference at OATH, Respondent storeowner agreed to pay Complainant, an autistic minor, $5,000 for expelling Complainant from the store due to his disability.


April 2009

As the result of a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent restaurant, which posted a discriminatory advertisement seeking "high energy female waitresses," Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York, in addition to training its staff on federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated investigation against Respondent realty, which posted a discriminatory advertisement proscribing Section 8 vouchers and other rental assistance programs, Respondent agreed to pay a fine of $5,000 to the City of New York.

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged race base discrimination by his supervisor. Respondent company also provided the Commission with proof that the supervisor no longer works at the company and that its employees receive anti-discrimination training.

The Commission obtained $27,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged age and disability discrimination after being terminated by Respondent while out on medical leave.

The Commission obtained a $5,000 fine on behalf of the City against a Respondent housing provider for posting an illegal advertisement refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers.

The Commission obtained $3,000 on behalf of a blind Complainant who was denied access, due to her service animal, to a retail store. Respondent store also agreed to provide training to its staff regarding public accommodation discrimination.

Pursuant to a settlement conference held at OATH, Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher and reimburse Complainant $3,786.84, which represents Complainant's portion of the rent she would not have had to pay if Respondent landlord had initially accepted her Section 8 voucher months earlier.


March 2009

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged age discrimination after being terminated by Respondent employer for failing to follow company procedure for cash handling.

The Commission obtained $5,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer one day after she called the police to her workplace to complain of discrimination.

The Commission obtained a total of $10,000 in civil penalties from two restaurants, $5,000 each, for posting discriminatory advertisements stating a limitation based on gender. Each restaurant also agreed not to post discriminatory advertisements in the future and not to engage in discriminatory hiring practices.


February 2009

The Commission obtained $6,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer after she arrived late to work from a documented medical appointment. Respondent employer also agreed to reinstate Complainant, as well as provide training to its staff regarding discrimination.

After filing a Commission initiated complaint against Respondent real estate agency for posting a discriminatory advertisement refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers, Respondent agreed to pay a $4,000 civil penalty to the City.

The Commission obtained $13,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer days after complaining of discrimination.

The Commission obtained $2,500 on behalf of a Complainant who was refused an apartment after Respondent landlord learned that Complainant was the recipient of a HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA) voucher. In addition, Respondent will pay $5,000 to the City as a civil penalty.
 
The Commission obtained $7,500 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer after complaining of discrimination.

Pursuant to negotiations between the Commission and Respondent landlord, Respondent agreed to construct an access ramp to accommodate Complainant, a wheelchair user. Respondent estimates the ramp will cost $35,000-40,000.

The Commission obtained $37,500 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer after his FMLA leave expired. Respondent argued that it did not have to keep Complainant’s position open past his FMLA leave period, despite the fact that Complainant provided medical documentation seeking an extension.

After filing a complaint with the Commission alleging religious discrimination, Complainant privately settled the matter with Respondent for $16,000.

The Commission obtained $30,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer, an employment agency, due to his conviction record.


January 2009

The Commission obtained $10,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was allegedly terminated due to her disability. The settlement reflects lost wages and accrued vacation pay for approximately six months.

The Commission obtained $15,000 on behalf of a Complainant who was terminated by Respondent employer after being involved in a car accident. The settlement reflects lost wages and accrued vacation pay for approximately six months.

Complainant, who is legally blind and uses the services of a guide dog to ambulate, was denied entrance into Respondent restaurant. After filing a case with the Commission alleging disability discrimination, Complainant, who is an attorney, privately settled the matter for $25,000 with Respondent restaurant.

The Commission obtained $7,500 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged retaliatory termination after complaining of inappropriate race related language in the workplace. Respondent employer also agreed to establish policies and procedures to report discrimination, which will be posted throughout the workplace. This case was settled as the result of mediation, saving the expense of litigation.

The Commission obtained $7,000 on behalf of a Complainant who alleged workplace discrimination due to his mental disability. Respondents terminated Complainant for cause; however, as part of the settlement they agreed to provide Complainant with a neutral letter of reference.

After filing a case with the Commission alleging marital status discrimination, Complainant privately settled the matter for $4,000 with Respondent realty company.