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Major Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights

On November 21, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major shakeup at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, replacing all eight Bloomberg-appointed Commissioners and the Commission Chair.

The Mayor’s action comes less than a month after New York City’s Public Advocate, Letitia James, sharply criticized the NYC Commission, which she characterized as having “moribund agency culture that results in lax enforcement.”

The new Commission Chair is Carmelyn P. Malalis, an attorney at a prominent plaintiff-side employment law firm in New York City.

The NYC Commission on Human Rights is charged with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law, one of the most expansive human rights laws in the nation.  Given the circumstances of the appointment of Malalis and the new Commissioners, New York employers can expect a more aggressive enforcement effort from the Commission under the de Blasio administration.

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Christopher J. Collins, Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, Labor Law Attorney

Christopher Collins is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

For more than 20 years, Chris has represented management clients in litigation alleging employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, as well as cases involving non-compete agreements and compensation disputes.  In litigated matters, he has represented clients in a wide range of fields, including financial services, insurance, technology,...