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New York Enacts Broad Changes to New York Human Rights Law

Author: Jessica X.Y. Rothenberg

7/19/2019

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New York Enacts Broad Changes to New York Human Rights Law

Q: I am a New York employer. What should I know about the recent amendments to the New York Human Rights Law?

A: In June 2019, New York State approved a bill that makes numerous changes to the New York Human Rights Law (NYHRL), governing discrimination and harassment. Governor Cuomo has not yet signed the bill, but is expected to shortly.

As explained in more detail in this post, the legislation significantly increases the NYHRL’s coverage by expanding the definitions of “harassment” and “employer.” The legislation also prohibits non-disclosure clauses in any settlement agreement involving discrimination allegations. Finally, the legislation expands employers’ sexual harassment training obligations, and extends the statute of limitations for filing sexual harassment claims with the New York State Division on Human Rights to three years.

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