Although our practice is focused on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, we also believe it is important for New Yorkers to know that many of the protections they enjoy at work also apply to other important aspects of their lives. In fact, preventing employment discrimination is only one small part of New York City’s broad statutory framework.
Title Eight of the Administrative Code of the City of New York — also called the New York City Human Rights Law — prohibits various types of discrimination in addition to that which occurs on the job:
Housing — It is illegal to discriminate in the provision of housing based on a person’s membership in a protected class. This applies to apartments, co-ops, condos and residential hotels and includes refusing to rent, providing different facilities or terms, advertising in a manner intended to dissuade protected individuals from applying, steering potential renters or homebuyers to particular areas or refusing to make reasonable accommodations to a disabled resident or applicant.
Public accommodations — It is illegal for commercial establishments, taxis and schools to discriminate based on a person’s membership in a protected class.
Lending and credit — It is illegal to refuse to extend credit or offer different credit terms to a person based on their membership in a protected class.
Bias-related harassment — New York law also prohibits harassment outside the workplace based on membership in a protected class. This can include verbal threats or harassment, physical assault and vandalism. Such conduct may also be a criminal offense.
While New York City anti-discrimination laws are extensive, they cannot protect you if you do not assert them. Therefore, if you have been the victim of any type of discrimination, it is important to take prompt action.