Monday September 3, 2018 10:10 PM A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement has put a strain on many state and local offices that police workplace discrimination of all kinds Written by By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds. Places such as New York City and Massachusetts have added resources to deal with the surge in complaints, but human rights agencies elsewhere say their small staffs are struggling to keep up with growing caseloads. In Connecticut, which is on pace to receive nearly twice as many sexual harassment complaints as last year, some lawmakers worry about delays resolving those cases and others involving employment, housing and credit discrimination. "If someone has gotten up the strength to come forward, I don't want that … [Read more...] about Sexual harassment complaints strain human rights agencies
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New York State Court of Appeals Civil rights Reasonable accommodation – Substantial evidence Marine Holdings LLC, et al. v. New York City Commission on Human Rights, et al. No. 45 Memorandum Background: In the underlying Article 78 proceeding, the petitioners challenged a determination of the New York City Commission on Human Rights which ordered them to install a wheelchair-accessible entrance to ... … [Read more...] about Court of Appeals – Civil rights: Marine Holdings LLC, et al. v. New York City Commission on Human Rights, et al.
The city’s Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) sent a Bias Response Team to the midtown eatery where a Manhattan attorney went on an anti-immigrant rant earlier this week. The lawyer, identified by Rep. Adriano Espaillat as Aaron Schlossberg, was captured on video at a Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue on Tuesday delivering the racist rant after overhearing a worker speaking Spanish to two customers. The NYCCHR, which is considering opening an investigation into the now-viral incident, told Fresh Kitchen workers they have the right to file a complaint with the commission. “When responding to a bias incident, we will go to the location and talk to the affected staff, teach them how to file a complaint,” said Seth Hoy, with the NYCCHR. “We encourage anybody who sees discrimination to report it immediately.” In the video, Schlossberg assumes the people he overheard speaking Spanish are not legally in the country and threatens to call U.S. Immigration Customs … [Read more...] about Lawyer in alleged anti-immigrant rant could face Commission on Human Rights investigation
Nathylin Flowers Adesegun has been living in a homeless shelter for two years despite having secured a rental assistance voucher from the city two years ago to help pay rent. The problem? Prospective landlords refuse to accept her Living in Communities (LINC) voucher, according to Adesegun, even though it’s illegal to do so. “These rental assistance programs are supposed to help us pay the rent,” Adesegun said while standing on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday. “Instead, they’ve become tickets to humiliation and disappointment.” Adesegun and other advocates say housing discrimination based on a person’s source of income is a pervasive problem in the city, yet Mayor Bill de Blasio recently cut funding to the agency with the power to hold landlords accountable. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) was hit with a $1.7 million funding cut in the mayor’s 2019 fiscal budget, and advocates argue the decrease will make the … [Read more...] about Homeless advocates demand mayor restore human rights commission funding
A day after the New York City Commission on Human Rights said it opened an investigation into the women-only social club The Wing, Mayor de Blasio said he supported the club’s mission and members argued the panel ought to have more pressing concerns. The Wing, a self-described “community of co-working and community spaces for women” with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Washington, may have run afoul of New York City’s strict anti-discrimination laws, Jezebel first reported Monday. The commission confirmed to the Daily News it was investigating The Wing after extensive media coverage of the club and its membership policy — and after receiving a tip from a member of the public earlier this year inquiring whether it was violating the city’s Human Rights Law. That might put the commission — and de Blasio — in the awkward spot of investigating an organization that says it professes the same views as the commission: … [Read more...] about De Blasio backs women-only social club despite Human Rights Commission probe