New York employment discrimination is prohibited by the state’s unique Human Rights Law, which ensures “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life” for all NY citizens. The state even has an institutional organ, the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), to help people who have been discriminated against in employment, housing and credit. The DHR provides critical services, such as:
Prosecuting/stopping illegal New York discrimination.
Investigating and resolving certain claims.
Educating people about the damaging effects of discrimination and helping all parties understand their rights and obligations under state law.
Developing policies for the New York legislature to advance the cause of human rights.
The DHR’s main offices are in the Bronx, but the DHR maintains regional offices throughout New York. NY state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of family or military status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, race, creed, and color. The law also makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against a worker for investigating or filing a claim (for instance by firing or demoting her).
Differences between Federal and New York State Employment Discrimination Laws
The New York Human Rights Law is separate from federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. Although these laws have much in common they overlap as well. For logistical purposes, in some cases of employment discrimination covered by both federal and NY state law, you can file a single complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights. For more information, see the FAQ section on the Division’s official website.
Limits of the Human Rights Law
Every employer who has at least four employees is subject to the HRL. Potential plaintiffs may have only one year following the act of discrimination to file a complaint. Connect with the reliable New York employment discrimination and harassment attorneys of Joseph & Kirschenbaum to find out more details and for assistance in placing a claim.
For more information about the New York State Division of Human Rights, visit the DHR in person at 1 Fordham Plaza, 4th floor, Bronx, New York 10458, or phone them at 718-741-8400.
Often the variables involved in pursuing a New York discrimination, harassment, or retaliation claim against your current or former employer can be confusing. Call the experienced employment rights attorneys at Joseph & Kirschenbaum at (212) 688-5640 for assistance, or explore more free resources at our website, www.jhllp.com.