Public Hearing Summaries Note: Click on the case title to download the case PDF. Francis Roach vs. Friendship Mission Date of Decision: October 30, 2017 Basis: Physical/Mental disability Resolution: Commission Order Download decision file (pdf) Pubic hearing summary: complainant alleged that respondent discriminated against him based on his disability when respondent refused his service dog admission into its homeless shelter. The parties agreed that the case should be subject to summary adjudication and briefing. On July 18, 2017, the ALJ issued a recommended decision finding that respondent was not a “place of public accommodation” and recommending dismissal of the case. The Executive Director filed an objection on August 25, 2017, asserting that the obligation to interpret the Human Rights Law broadly, which would compel assessment of the relevant facts in each case. In a revised recommended decision issued on August 29, 2017, the ALJ reached the same conclusion. The Commission dismissed the case on October 30, 2017, noting that the decision was limited to the facts of this particular case and did not establish a broad rule regarding public accommodation provisions to homeless shelters.