by Subhash Viswanathan, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse
The state agency with jurisdiction over employment discrimination and harassment claims under the New York Human Rights Law (NYHRL) is the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYDHR).
The division also has jurisdiction under the NYHRL to investigate and adjudicate certain other types of discrimination claims outside the employment context, such as alleged housing discrimination.
However, in a recent case handled by Bond, Schoeneck & King on behalf of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), New York’s highest court curtailed the NYDHR’s overly broad interpretation of its jurisdiction. On June 12, the New York Court of Appeals held that the division does not have jurisdiction over discrimination and harassment complaints filed by public school students under the NYHRL.
Racial harassment at school
The case began in 2006, when a parent of a middle school st...(register to read more)
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