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2010

December 2010
The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $15,000 for terminating Complainant after he complained of sexual harassment. Complainant immediately found new employment making more money. The Commission also ordered Respondent employer to provide anti-discrimination training to its supervisory staff.

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to pay Complainants, an unmarried couple, $10,000 for refusing to rent them an apartment due to their marital status. In addition, Respondent landlord will pay the City of New York a civil penalty of $5,000.

The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $40,000 in lost wages and emotional distress damages after Respondent employer failed to hire Complainant due to her religion and her inability to work on the Sabbath.

November 2010
The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $15,000 in emotional distress damages for subjecting Complainant to a sexually charged environment. Complainant quit and immediately found new employment; therefore, there was no possibility of damages for lost wages. In addition, Respondent employer will pay a civil penalty of $5,000 and conduct anti-discrimination training for its employees.

The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $30,000 in lost wages and emotional distress damages for terminating Complainant after she called in sick. The Commission also ordered Respondent employer to provide anti-discrimination training to its supervisory staff.


October 2010

Pursuant to a conciliation agreement, the Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $17,700 in compensatory damages for terminating her employment due to her race, creed and national origin.

The Commission ordered Respondent restaurant to pay a civil penalty of $10,000 for utilizing discriminatory hiring practices based on gender.

The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $6,302.48 in emotional distress damages and back pay, as well as requiring an increase in her salary she would have received but for the illegal discipline resulting from her disability.

The Commission ordered Respondent Taxi Cab driver to pay Complainant $2,000 for refusing to accept Complainant as a passenger because of his association with a person of color.

The Commission ordered Respondent Beauty Salon, a provider of a public accommodation, to pay Complainant $7,500 for refusing her services because of her disability. Complainant is elderly and ambulates with the use of aids, i.e., a walker or wheel chair.

The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay Complainant $15,000 for terminating her employment because of her disability.

The Commission ordered Respondent employer to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 for utilizing discriminatory hiring practices.


September 2010

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to install a ramp to allow Complaint, a wheel chair user, independent access to and from his apartment building.

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to cease eviction proceedings against Complainant, who is disabled by a psychological impairment and requires a comfort animal to alleviate the symptoms of his illness. Respondent landlord will also pay Complainant $5,000 in emotional distress damages for failing to provide Complainant with a reasonable accommodation in a timely manner.

After a settlement conference at OATH, Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher and reimburse Complainant $6,363.00, which represents Complainant's portion of the rent he would not have had to pay if Respondent landlord had initially accepted his voucher months earlier.

The Commission ordered two restaurants to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 each for utilizing discriminatory hiring practices by limiting employment to women.


August 2010

The Commission obtained $15,000 in damages on behalf of an employee who alleged disability discrimination by his employer. Respondent employer also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to its supervisory staff.

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to install three remote-control operated doors to allow Complaint, a wheel chair user, independent access to and from the building.

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to remove 18 year-old carpeting in Complainant's apartment, which exacerbates her respiratory ailments. Respondent agreed to install new vinyl flooring.


July 2010

The Commission obtained $11,500 in damages on behalf of an employee who alleged disability discrimination by his employer. Respondent employer also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to its supervisory staff.

The Commission ordered Respondent landlord to move Complaint, who has trouble ambulating, to a ground floor apartment.

The Commission obtained $5,000 in damages against Respondent dentist for refusing to provide services to Complainant, who is disabled and uses a motorized scooter to ambulate.

After a pre-trial conference at OATH, Respondent landlord agreed to enter into a conciliation agreement whereby it would install a platform lift in the main lobby of the building in order to provide Complainant with independent access to the subject premises.


June 2010

After Complainant teacher filed a disability discrimination complaint with the Commission, Respondent employer agreed to reinstate Complainant and pay him $35,000 in lost wages.

Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $17,000 in lost wages and emotional distress damages after forcing her to take early maternity leave. Respondent employer also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to its supervisory staff.

After Complainant filed a case with the Commission, Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complaint's Section 8 housing voucher, as well as reimburse Complaint $3,170.75, the portion of Complainant's rent she would not have been obligated to pay if the landlord had initially accepted her Section 8 voucher.


May 2010

Respondent restaurant agreed to pay Complainant $5,000 for forcing her to leave its business due to her pregnancy. Respondent restaurant feared Complainant, who was 7 months pregnant at the time, would fall and sue. Respondent restaurant will also pay a civil penalty of $5,000 to the City.

Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $30,000 for terminating her employment after she called in sick on the day she was scheduled to return to work following a surgical procedure, for which she was granted leave.

Respondent landlord agreed to install a ramp at the main entrance to Complainant's building. Complainant ambulates by wheelchair.

After filing a case with the Commission alleging race discrimination and retaliation, Complainant privately settled the matter with Respondents for $26,838.

Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $58,000 for withdrawing an offer of employment strictly due to Complainant's arrest record. In addition, Respondent employer will pay a civil penalty of $20,000


April 2010

The Commission obtained a $5,000 civil penalty from Respondent employer for terminating Complainant’s employment due to his disability.  Respondent employer also agreed to pay the Complainant, who within days found new employment, $1,000 in damages.

After Complainant filed a case with the Commission alleging sexual harassment, Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $20,000 for the inappropriate conduct of Complainant’s former supervisor, who had a longstanding personal relationship with Complainant.  Respondent employer also terminated the offending supervisor.  Due to the personal relationship between Complainant and her former supervisor, as well as the swift action taken by Respondent employer, the Commission does not believe it is necessary to pursue the matter further.

Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complaint’s HPD Section 8 housing voucher, as well as reimburse Complaint the projected HPD portion of the rent from January 1, 2010 to the date HPD begins making Section 8 payments.

After Complainant filed a disability discrimination complaint with the Commission, Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant, a seasonal employee, $6,613.00, which represents the remainder of Complainant’s salary for the period in question.

After filing a complaint with the Commission alleging religious discrimination and retaliatory discharge, Complainant privately settled the matter with Respondent employer for $375,000.


March 2010

Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $16,000 in emotional distress damages for terminating her employment because of her pregnancy. Complainant was not entitled to lost wages. The complaint was settled through mediation.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated complaint, Respondent employer agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 for posting a discriminatory advertisement limiting prospective applicants based on gender.

Respondent landlord agreed to install an entrance/exit ramp to accommodate Complainant, a disabled tenant with mobility problems.

Pursuant to a Commission initiated complaint that resulted from its housing discrimination testing, Respondent landlord agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 for refusing to accept Section 8 recipients as tenants.

The Commission obtained $1,000 in emotional distress damages and a $5,000 civil penalty from an employer who summarily refused to consider Complainant for employment due to a prior conviction. The employer, who was not aware of what crime the Complainant was convicted, had a blanket policy against employing anyone with a conviction record. Ironically, had the employer done the requisite analysis under Article 23 of the New York State Correction Law, he would have been justified in denying the Complainant the job (explaining the small amount of damages to the Complainant).


February 2010

The Commission required Respondent employer to rehire Complainant, who initially filed a complaint alleging disparate treatment, which was subsequently amended to include retaliation after she was discharged. In addition, Complainant was reimbursed $48,000 in lost wages.

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent landlord agreed to give Complainant a one-year rent credit based upon her discriminatory refusal of his Section 8 voucher. The settlement amount represents the money Complainant over-paid from the point that he requested that the Respondent accept his voucher to the point that the housing group ceased funding the voucher.

January 2010
Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent employer agreed to rehire Complainant, who was illegally discharged due to a prior criminal conviction, and compensate Complainant in the amount of $5,265.94, which represents lost wages and emotional distress damages. Respondent employer also agreed to provide its managerial staff with anti-discrimination training.

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent landlord agreed to install a ramp to accommodate Complainant's disability and provide independent access.

Two separate restaurants agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $5,000 each for posting discriminatory advertisements based on gender, as well as discriminatory hiring practices that were confirmed by the Commission's employment testing program. Each restaurant also agreed to provide its staff with anti-discrimination training.

Respondent employer agreed to compensate Complainant in the amount of $7,500 for the gender based discriminatory actions of her supervisor. After Respondent's internal investigation, the supervisor was disciplined and ordered to attend training.

Pursuant to a Commission conciliation agreement, Respondent employer agreed to pay Complainant $10,000 for their failure to engage her in the interactive process after she informed that she was pregnant and that the pregnancy was high-risk.

Pursuant to a Commission intervention, Respondent landlord agreed to accept Complainant's Section 8 voucher. The housing group has since commenced payments under the voucher program.