Friday, August 15, 2014

NY Farm Fined For Denying Its Wedding Facilities For Same-Sex Wedding

In McCarthy v. Liberty Ridge Farm, LLC, (NY Div. Human Rights, Aug. 8, 2014), the New York State Divsion of Human Rights levied a $10,000 civil fine and awarded compensatory damages of $3,000 in a proceeding against a farm that adversises itself as a venue for weddings, but which refused to contract with the two women complainants for them to use the facilities for their same-sex wedding. The Division held that the discrimination violated the public accommodation provisions of the New York Human Rights Law.  Respondents were also required to take steps to prevent future discrimination.  The Albany Times-Union reported on the decision.