The New York State Division of Human Rights has been ordered to take several measures to clear a massive case backlog that has caused claims to languish for as long as seven years or more.

Finding that the backlog, and procedures the Human Rights Division uses to screen and dismiss cases, has the effect of violating the constitutional rights of thousands who file actions alleging discrimination in housing and employment, Southern District Judge Robert L. Carter told the State to hire staff and spend more money to dramatically shorten the time between the filing of a claim and its resolution.

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