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Trotman v. Ben Gilman Spring Valley Medical and Dental Clinic

11/01/2007: State dismisses NAACP civil-rights complaint against Spring Valley medical clinic

The NAACP filed the complaint in September 2006, claiming among other things that the clinic's practice of closing on Saturdays to accommodate the Jewish Sabbath was discriminatory.

Roman P. Storzer, a lawyer for the clinic from the firm Storzer & Greene, said his clients were happy with the decision.

"They are very pleased with the outcome and they're looking forward to getting back to what they do best, which is serving the community," Storzer said today.

State dismisses NAACP civil-rights complaint against Spring Valley medical clinic, Journal-News (Nov. 1, 2007):

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed the complaint in August 2006, characterizing as discriminatory the clinic's practice of closing on Saturdays to accommodate the Jewish Sabbath. The clinic's operators are Jewish.

"My clients are interested in serving the community to the best of their capacities and ... it's a determination that they have to make on the merits of the issue, not based on some spurious complaint by the NAACP," [Storzer] said.

UPDATE (Nov. 2, 2007).

10/31/2007: New York State Division of Human Rights dismissed the NAACP of Spring Valley’s complaint

New York State Division of Human Rights dismissed the NAACP of Spring Valley’s complaint against S&G client Ben Gilman Spring Valley Medical & Dental Clinic (alleging that closing the clinic on the Jewish Sabbath was discriminatory) determining:

After investigation, and following opportunity for review of related information and evidence by the named parties, the Division has determined that there is NO PROBABLE CAUSE to believe that the respondents have engaged in or are engaging in the unlawful discriminatory practice complained of.

The Clinic defended against the charges, stating that New York civil rights laws do not prohibit closing on the Sabbath, and the First Amendment protects the Clinic’s right to do so.

“This complaint should never have been filed,” said Roman P. Storzer, who represented the Clinic pro bono. “The NAACP has done admirable work in pursuit of civil rights. However, religious accommodation benefits, rather than takes away from the laudable goal of diversity in our community.”

More information here

10/19/2006: Storzer and Greene Defend Jewish Sabbath Observance

On October 19, Storzer & Greene filed a response defending the Ben Gilman Medical and Dental Clinic in Spring Valley, NY from a complaint filed in the New York Human Rights Commission by the president of the local NAACP chapter. The complaint alleges that the Clinic discriminates because it closes on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, and remains open on Sundays. Read the Press Release here.