Rochester, NY asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for New York

Q: Hello, In Holt v Baird Baird died in 2021. Isn't this online reference used to slander and discrimination in future jobs

Why are cases allowed to be published when #1 Defendant is dead. #2 Cases are dismissed? Employers use online information to determine hiring statuses. This is not fair, if someone wants to know my legal dealings, go to the courthouse and file FOIL. Am I correct?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You're correct. It can be unfair and harmful in job searches. Unfortunately, court orders, decisions, and other documents often become public information, appearing either in the Unified Court System online database or on commercial search databases such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, or Pacer. You could contact the court clerk or consult an attorney, but in most cases, it is difficult to change this. I'm sorry for the hardship this has caused. Good luck

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