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Press Releases

 

NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAUNCHES FAIR HOUSING PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
April 21, 2015 | New York

New York State Division of Human Rights Commissioner Helen Diane Foster announced today the launching of a public information campaign designed to educate the public about their housing rights under the State’s Human Rights Law. “To use a person’s national origin, sexual orientation, or familial status as criteria to deny housing is not only morally reprehensible but against the law in the State of New York,” said Commissioner Foster. “Unfortunately people who have limited English proficiency are especially vulnerable to this type of abuse. We want to ensure they are aware of their rights and that the Division is here to enforce the Law.” 

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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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