assembly Bill A353A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Awards attorney fees and expert witness fees in appropriate cases

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 21, 2014 print number 353a
May 21, 2014 amend and recommit to judiciary
Jan 08, 2014 referred to judiciary
Jan 09, 2013 referred to judiciary

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A353 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §297, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8184
2011-2012: A1860
2015-2016: A1998
2017-2018: A3923
2019-2020: A2475

A353 - Summary

Awards attorney fees and expert witness fees in employment discrimination cases.

A353 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   353

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Judiciary

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive law, in relation to providing for the
  award of attorney's fees and expert witness fees in appropriate cases

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  10  of  section 297 of the executive law, as
added by section 17 of part D of chapter 405 of the  laws  of  1999,  is
amended to read as follows:
  10.  [With  respect to cases of housing discrimination only, in] IN an
action or proceeding at law under this section or  section  two  hundred
ninety-eight  of  this article, the commissioner or the court may in its
discretion  award  reasonable  attorney's  fees  to  any  prevailing  or
substantially  prevailing  party;  provided,  however, that a prevailing
respondent or defendant in order to recover such  reasonable  attorney's
fees must make a motion requesting such fees and show that the action or
proceeding  brought  was  frivolous;  and  further  provided  that  in a
proceeding brought in the division of human rights, the commissioner may
only award attorney's fees as part of a final order after a public hear-
ing held pursuant to subdivision four of this section. In no case  shall
attorney's  fees  be  awarded to the division, nor shall the division be
liable to a prevailing or substantially prevailing party for  attorney's
fees, except in a case in which the division is a party to the action or
the  proceeding in the division's capacity as an employer.  WITH RESPECT
TO CASES OF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION ONLY, THE AWARD OF ATTORNEY'S FEES
WILL BE LIMITED TO THOSE CASES IN WHICH THE EMPLOYER HAS FIFTY  OR  MORE
EMPLOYEES.  EXPERT  WITNESS  FEES  MAY  BE AWARDED IN THE SAME MANNER AS
ATTORNEY'S FEES. In order to find the action or proceeding to be  frivo-
lous,  the court or the commissioner must find in writing one or more of
the following:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

A353A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §297, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8184
2011-2012: A1860
2015-2016: A1998
2017-2018: A3923
2019-2020: A2475

A353A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Awards attorney fees and expert witness fees in employment discrimination cases.

A353A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 353--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. DINOWITZ, WEINSTEIN -- read once and referred to
  the Committee on Judiciary -- recommitted to the Committee on  Judici-
  ary   in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in  relation  to  providing  for  the
  award of attorney's fees and expert witness fees in appropriate cases

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 10 of section 297  of  the  executive  law,  as
added  by  section  17  of part D of chapter 405 of the laws of 1999, is
amended to read as follows:
  10. [With respect to cases of housing discrimination only, in]  IN  an
action  or  proceeding  at law under this section or section two hundred
ninety-eight of this article, the commissioner or the court may  in  its
discretion  award  reasonable  attorney's  fees  to  any  prevailing  or
substantially prevailing party; provided,  however,  that  a  prevailing
respondent  or  defendant in order to recover such reasonable attorney's
fees must make a motion requesting such fees and show that the action or
proceeding brought  was  frivolous;  and  further  provided  that  in  a
proceeding brought in the division of human rights, the commissioner may
only award attorney's fees as part of a final order after a public hear-
ing  held pursuant to subdivision four of this section. In no case shall
attorney's fees be awarded to the division, nor shall  the  division  be
liable  to a prevailing or substantially prevailing party for attorney's
fees, except in a case in which the division is a party to the action or
the proceeding in the  division's  capacity  as  an  employer.    EXPERT
WITNESS  FEES  MAY  BE AWARDED IN THE SAME MANNER AS ATTORNEY'S FEES. In
order to find the action or proceeding to be frivolous, the court or the
commissioner must find in writing one or more of the following:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.