senate Bill S3

Signed By Governor
2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to the provision of attorney's fees in cases of housing, employment or credit discrimination

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 21, 2015 signed chap.364
Oct 20, 2015 delivered to governor
Jun 02, 2015 returned to senate
passed assembly
May 13, 2015 ordered to third reading cal.335
substituted for a7189
Jan 12, 2015 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.3
Jan 07, 2015 referred to rules

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S3 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7189
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§297 & 296-a, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S5874

S3 - Summary

Relates to the provision of attorney's fees in cases of housing, employment or credit discrimination.

S3 - Sponsor Memo

S3 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                    3

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the executive law,  in  relation  to  the  provision  of
  attorney's  fees  in  cases of housing, employment or credit discrimi-
  nation; to amend the executive law, in relation  to  the  awarding  of
  reasonable attorney's fees

  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 ALL cases of HOUSING  DISCRIMINATION  AND  housing
RELATED  CREDIT  discrimination [only] 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; AND
WITH RESPECT TO A CLAIM OF EMPLOYMENT OR CREDIT DISCRIMINATION WHERE SEX
IS A BASIS OF SUCH DISCRIMINATION, 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  ATTRIBUTABLE  TO  SUCH  CLAIM TO ANY 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 hearing 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 substan-
tially 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 divi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07115-01-5

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