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New York State and New York City Guidance Focus Transgender Discrimination

New York State and New York City have issued expansive new guidelines to protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Understanding New York Regulations Regarding Prohibited Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity, Transgender Status, or Gender Dysphoria

New York State and New York City both recently enacted regulations and enforcement guidance designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status, gender expression and gender dysphoria.1 Both have now taken effect.

New York Expands Discrimination Protections Against Workplace Gender Bias

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a number of bills, which cumulatively expand protections against gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This comprehensive legislation, which grew out of the governor’s call for a 10-point “Women’s Equality Agenda” in his 2013 State of the State Address, consists of eight discrete bills. Five of the newly signed bills are of particular importance to employers in that they seek to achieve greater pay equity for women; expand coverage of sexual harassment protections to the smallest employers and significantly increase remedies available under state sex discrimination law; prohibit discrimination based on family status; and mandate employers of pregnant employees to provide certain reasonable accommodations. In introducing the sweeping legislation, Cuomo stated, “This State has a legacy of leading the way in advancing equal rights – and today, we are making New York a model of equality for women.” According to Senator Catherine Young, “New York State has always been the ‘State of Opportunity,’ and with these new laws will ensure that opportunities are protected for women just as much as they are for men.”

New York Enacts Gender Equity Laws

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a number of bills intended to protect and advance women’s equality, particularly in the workplace. These laws, signed on October 21, will go into effect on January 19, 2016.

New York’s Marriage Equality Act and its Effect on Welfare and Pension Benefits

In June 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law, making New York the sixth state to permit same-sex couples to marry. The law became effective on July 24, 2011.
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