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Executive Order No. 16 - March 7, 2016

Executive Order 16 requires all City agencies to ensure that City employees and members of the public have access to single-sex facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms in City buildings and areas consistent with their gender identity or expression without being required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of proof or verification of gender.

The executive order requires City agencies to:

  • Post the new single-sex facility policy in conspicuous locations for employees and members of the public to see within three months;
  • Train managers on the policy within one year and frontline staff within two years;
  • Update agency Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) plans to incorporate training requirements within three months; and
  • Report steps taken to comply with today’s executive order to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) pursuant to EEO reporting requirements.

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Creating Inclusive Spaces at Membership-Based Clubs in Compliance with the NYC Human Rights Law

Most membership-based clubs in New York City must comply with the NYC Human Rights Law as both a public accommodation and employer, and cannot exclude people from membership or employment based on their identity in a protected category. The Commission created a factsheet on how clubs can operate in compliance with the Law.

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