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New York State Passes Bills to Strengthen Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Laws


Laws address harassment, race discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles, salary history and wage differentials
The following bills have been passed and are waiting signing by Governor Cuomo.

S. 6577/A. 8421 (Harassment)
The law changes the old standard that harassment must be “severe and pervasive” to the individual being subject to “inferior terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” as a result of his or her membership in a protected class.  The law also:

  • Eliminates the affirmative defense for employers and doesn’t require an employee to make a complaint of alleged illegal behavior.
  • Expands the class of individuals who are protected to cover non-employees.  In the current law, non-employees can file for discrimination but not harassment.
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