NYC Commission on Human Rights Public Hearings

Close-up of microphone on table. At the Commission’s Public Hearing on Pregnancy & Caregiver Discrimination (Photo credit: Adrienne Nicole Productions).

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 related to hair.

The Commission will hold an online public hearing on October 15, 2020, at 3:00 pm, on a proposed rule concerning discrimination based on hair as a form of race discrimination and religious discrimination. Register for the hearing via WebEx at this link. You may also join in by calling 408-418-9388 and using the access code 129 171 1938.

Anyone can comment on the proposed rules through:

  • Website. You can submit comments to the Commission through the NYC Rules website.
  • Email. You can email comments to policy@cchr.nyc.gov. Please include a reference in the subject line to “Proposed Rules on Discrimination Based on Hair.”
  • Mail. You can mail comments to Office of the Chair, New York City Commission on Human Rights, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007.
  • Fax. You can fax comments to Zoey Chenitz, Senior Policy Counsel, (646) 500-7330.
  • Speaking at the hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by emailing policy@cchr.nyc.gov.

If you require a reasonable accommodation please contact policy@cchr.nyc.gov or 212-416-0261 by October 9, 2020.

Downloadd the Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule..

Past Public Hearings

Public Hearing on Potential Exceptions to the Prohibition on Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing (Local Law 91), April 16, 2020

The Commission invited public input on its proposed rules which provide for exceptions to Local Law 91 of 2019, which generally prohibits pre-employment testing for marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (often called “THC”). The Commission held an online hearing on April 16, 2020, to receive public testimony on the proposed rules. The hearing was hosted at https://join.me/CCHR-Public-Hearing and began at 10:00 am. Two members of the public attended; however no one offered any testimony. The hearing closed at approximately 10:22 am.

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.