On August 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law substantial and far-reaching amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), the state statute that prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment. The amendments amplify laws that New York state enacted in 2018 to combat sexual harassment. Here are important facts about the amendments that employers should be aware of.
All Employers Now Covered
Effective immediately, the NYSHRL will require that courts and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) construe the NYSHRL liberally and allow only narrow exceptions to “maximize deterrence of discriminatory conduct,” even when such an interpretation results in more expansive coverage than Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or comparable federal law.