State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
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New dog run opens in LIC
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State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
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Queens canines got another special treat just a day after National Dog Day, with the opening of a new community dog run across from Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park on Thursday. “One third of all households in New York City own dogs,” said New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey at the grand opening, located at Center Boulevard and 46th Road. “So if you want to get everyone out to the parks and connect with nature, you have to have a place to bring your dogs.” The new dog run features a water fountain that can be utilized by multiple dogs at a time, wooden seating for owners, wastebaskets and landscaping on its side, among other amenities. The run was constructed for $750,000, took about two years of planning, and was designed by developer TF Cornerstone. It will be accessible 24 hours a day. Located near I.S. 78, the single entrance to the run was originally supposed to be located closer to the school, however concerns from parents ultimately put the entrance at Center Boulevard. “This has come out in a way that everyone can be pleased,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “The dogs can have fun in a great new space, kids can get to school. It’s going to be a great success.” At the grand opening, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer pointed to the dog run as one of a number of new amenities in the area that have been attracting scores of new residents to Hunter’s Point in recent years. “This is a model community,” he said. “Everyone wants to live, work, raise a family in Hunter’s Point. With all these amenities folks are choosing to make this their permanent home. That’s a great thing.”
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New York Employment Discrimination Defense Attorney
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 Stephen Hans Blog
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Author: Stephen D.Hans

What Can Happen if You Ignore a Discrimination Claim?

No one likes dealing with a dispute, and we often wish disputes would just go away. However, ignoring a discrimination claim can land employers into trouble and result in undesired legal consequences.

This is what occurred in a Florida discrimination case brought against a Clearwater adult entertainment club called Bliss Cabaret. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the club and its successor corporation Executive Gentleman’s Club for firing African American Quatavia Harden who was employed as a bartender based on her race. The manager, Patrick Franke who hired Harden objected and refused to participate in the discrimination, and consequently, he was terminated. Later in the lawsuit, the EEOC added the parent company Southeast Showclubs, LLC as a party to the lawsuit. Race discrimination and retaliation are violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Because the defendants ignored the EEOC’s allegations and failed to respond, the Court ruled the defendants were guilty of discriminatory conduct and awarded $365,000 in relief to the EEOC, which included punitive damages, back pay, interest, compensatory damages and tax penalty offsets for Franke and Harden. The Court also granted injunctive relief that demanded the companies cease their discriminatory practices, that they incorporate non-retaliation and non-discrimination policies and report applicant flow and hiring data to the EEOC for compliance monitoring.

The best legal defense is preventative and helps you put measures in place so you do not become involved in discrimination issues. Unfortunately, companies often do not realize the importance of legal guidance until they face a lawsuit. At the first sign of a discrimination dispute, it is wise to seek legal counsel. Stephen Hans & Associates puts decades of legal experience to work on your behalf and works diligently to protect your rights as an employer.

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Ripley, left, at his Grand Ave. shop in the 1970s.
Ripley, left, at his Grand Ave. shop in the 1970s.
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