The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, or marital status. In addition, the Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses. In housing, the Law affords additional protections based on lawful occupation and family status. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation and bias-related harassment.
The New York City Human Rights Law charges the CCHR with the purpose of advancing New York City's human rights goals. Consistent with this objective, the statute grants the CCHR the authority to work with other government agencies and various groups and organizations in an effort to meet those goals, to study the problems of prejudice and discrimination, and to issue reports and publications designed to reduce or eliminate those problems and to promote good will.
The CCHR is further charged with the power and the duty to receive, investigate, and make determinations with respect to complaints of discrimination and initiate its own investigations of group tensions, prejudice, or discrimination against any person or group of persons.
The City's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy is consistent with federal, state, and local law. It includes the city's anti-discrimination policies and complaint and investigation procedures. The EEOP includes training, accountability, and reporting requirements for agency heads, managers, and supervisors.