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New York State Discrimination Law Update

New York State Discrimination Law Update

In June, the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) got an overhaul of amendments. The NYSHRL is responsible for prohibiting discrimination and harassment, and the modifications to the law create many more employee protections.

One of the amendments makes sure that all employers are now covered by the law. It will now also be easier for employees to prove their allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Previously, an employee’s refusal to use his or her company’s internal complaint system could be used against him or her in a harassment claim. The employee no longer has to officially complain about behavior before filing a claim.

Successful claims will now possibly be entitled to compensatory damages, punitive damages, front pay, and back pay. Aggrieved employees will face a three-year statute of limitations to file an administrative claim of sexual harassment, and all other claims will keep a one-year statute of limitations.

The laws will be implemented 60 days after Governor Cuomo signs the bill.