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New York’s Increased Workplace Harassment Protections

Earlier this summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo increased harassment protections for New York workers. As he explained when he signed the bill into law: “There has been an ongoing, persistent culture of sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination in the workplace, and now it is time to act.”

Non-disclosure agreements in contracts now have to include language that lets the employee know that he or she can still participate in a government investigation or file a harassment or discrimination complaint with a local or state agency, even if a legal settlement is reached.

Additionally, the statute of limitations for employment sexual harassment claims has been increased to three years from one year.

The National Employment Lawyers Association expressed support for the new law, stating: “We are proud that with this legislation, New York sets a national standard for the rights of workers to discrimination-free workplaces.”