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Press Releases

 

NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTS WOMEN FROM DISCRIMINATION
March 16, 2015 | New York

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, New York State Division of Human Rights Commissioner Helen Diane Foster wants to remind all New Yorkers of the many protections afforded to women under the State’s Human Rights Law. “Women have made tremendous contributions to society throughout history, but we should not lose sight of the fact that many women still face unique challenges in their everyday lives because of their gender,” said Commissioner Foster. “We are fortunate to live in a state that is not only the cradle of the women’s movement but also has been at the forefront in the fight for equality and justice for all New Yorkers.” 

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How to File a Complaint

 

IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST...

The Human Rights Law protects individuals from discrimination based on their age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, and familial status (in housing only). If you believe you have been discriminated against based on one of these traits or characteristics, you may have a valid complaint of unlawful discrimination.

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Spotlight on the Law

 

PROTECTION OF DOMESTIC WORKERS FROM HARASSMENT UNDER THE NYS HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

The New York State Human Rights Law provides protection from workplace harassment for domestic workers. Unlawful harassment includes sexual harassment, as well as harassment on the basis of gender, race, religion, or national origin. Domestic workers are also protected from retaliation by their employers for complaining of such harassment.

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