You have rights in the workplace. The New York State Human Rights Law, § 290 et. seq. of the Executive Law, (“NYSHRL”) mandates that employees be able to work without harassment or discrimination based upon sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including failure to accommodate), disability (including failure to accommodate), race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, marital status, domestic violent victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, prior arrest or conviction record, or familial status.
In addition, an employee cannot be terminated for speaking out and opposing discrimination in the workplace. That constitutes retaliation.
If your employer takes any adverse action against you because you belong to one, or more, of the above categories, or because you complained of discrimination, your employer has violated the NYSHRL
You can file a complaint of discrimination at the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) within one year of the last act of discrimination, or three years if you are claiming sexual harassment. This site will assist you in preparing, or defending, a case of employment discrimination at the NYSDHR. Click the blue links on the right to find out how the process works.
This site is is not maintained by, or affiliated with, the NYSDHR, which is an independent agency of the New York State government. This site is maintained by Attorney Raymond Nardo.