Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Claims Defendant Refused to Hire Plaintiff Because of Plaintiff's Disabled Son
A federal lawsuit brought by a job applicant against a hotel and its owner claims unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability. Anderson v. HotelsAB, LLC, et al., No. 1:15-cv-00712, complaint (S.D.N.Y., Jan. 30, 2015). The plaintiff alleges that the hotel owner stated during her job interview that he would not hire her because she has a disabled son. Her complaint alleges a single cause of action for employment discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-101 et seq. It names the two limited liability companies (LLCs) that own and operate the hotel, as well as the individual owner of the LLCs, as defendants. In late August 2015, a judge denied a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case.
The plaintiff applied for a job as controller for the defendants, which own and operate a hotel located on Shelter Island, near the eastern end of Long Island. According to the plaintiff's complaint, the job would involve working from the defendants' Manhattan office from October through April, and at the hotel on Shelter Island from May through September. The plaintiff lived in Connecticut at the time she applied for the job.
After several telephone interviews, the plaintiff visited the hotel in August 2014 for an in-person interview with several hotel officers. The hotel owner arrived to meet her and allegedly began "posing extremely personal questions" about her marriage and living arrangement and repeatedly calling her a "crazy person." Anderson, complaint at 5. When asked about her "ideal job," the plaintiff states that she mentioned running a nursing home because of her disabled son, who lives in Maine. She alleges that the owner "abruptly ended the interview" at this point, telling her that she could not "devote adequate time to her professional responsibilities." Id.