NYC Commission on Human Rights Public Hearings

The NYC Commission on Human Rights periodically hosts hearings to gain an opportunity to hear directly from members of the public on their experiences and concerns on specific types of discrimination.  The hearings include testimony from dozens of New Yorkers from all walks of life and professional industries.

Upcoming Public Hearings

The Commission is proposing to amend its rules governing race and religion-based discrimination.
  • Important Update: The Commission previously announced that it would hold a public hearing on April 21, 2020, at 6:00pm, on a proposed rule concerning discrimination based on hair as a form of race discrimination and religious discrimination. In light of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Commission has determined that the hearing must be postponed indefinitely. Notice of a revised hearing date will be announced at a future date.
  • Download the Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule.
The Commission is proposing to amend its rules to provide exceptions to the general prohibition on preemployment testing for marijuana for certain jobs.

Past Public Hearings

Public Hearing on Potential Exceptions to the Prohibition on Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing (Local Law 91), January 9, 2020

The Commission invited public input on potential exceptions to Local Law 91 of 2019, which generally prohibits pre-employment testing for marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (often called “THC”). The hearing was held at 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10007.

Public Hearing on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination, January 30, 2019

The Commission held the agency's first-ever public hearing on pregnancy and caregiver discrimination.

Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, December 6, 2017

For the first time in 40 years, the Commission held a public hearing on sexual harassment in the workplace.  A report with policy recommendations based on this hearing was released on April 25, 2018.