Text of the Law

Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York
Chapter 7 - Discriminatory Boycotts

§8-701 Legislative declaration. Boycotts or blacklists that are based on a person's race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, partnership status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability pose a menace to the city's foundation and institutions. In contrast to protests that are in reaction to an unlawful discriminatory practice, connected with a labor dispute or associated with other speech or activities that are protected by the first amendment discriminatory boycotts cause havoc, divide the citizenry and do not serve a legitimate purpose. The council declares that discriminatory boycotts are a dangerously insidious form of prejudice and hereby establishes a procedure for expeditiously investigating allegations of this type of prejudice, assuring that the council and mayor are duly alerted to the existence of such activity and combating discriminatory boycotts or blacklists.

§8-702 Definitions. When used in this chapter:

  1. The term "discriminatory boycott or blacklist" means any act that is an unlawful discriminatory practice under subdivision eighteen of section 8-107 of chapter one of this title.
  2. The term "commission" means the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
  3. The term "council" means the Council of the City of New York.

§8-703 Investigative reporting requirements. The following requirements shall apply to all complaints alleging that a discriminatory boycott or blacklist is occurring:

  1. The commission shall begin an investigation within twenty-four hours of the filing of a complaint which alleges that a discriminatory boycott or blacklist is occurring.
  2. Within three days after initiating such an investigation, the commission shall file a written report with the mayor. The report shall state:
    (a) The allegations contained in the complaint;
    (b) Whether the commission has reason to believe a discriminatory boycott or blacklist is taking place; and
    (c) Steps the commission has taken to resolve the dispute.
  3. If it is stated within the report described in subdivision two of this section that the commission has reason to believe that a discriminatory boycott or blacklist has taken place, within thirty days after filing such report, the commission shall file a second report with the mayor and the council.
    This second report shall contain:
    (a) A brief description of the allegations contained in the complaint;
    (b) A determination of whether probable cause exists to believe a discriminatory boycott or blacklist is taking place;
    (c) A recitation of the facts that form the basis of the commission's determination of probable cause; and
    (d) If the boycott or blacklist is continuing at the date of the report, a description of all actions the commission or other city agency has taken or will undertake to resolve the dispute.
  4. If a finding of probable cause is not contained in the report required by subdivision three of this section and the boycott or blacklist continues for more than twenty days subsequent to the report's release, then, upon demand of the mayor or council the commission shall update such report. Report updates shall detail:
    (a) Whether or not the commission presently has probable cause to believe a discriminatory boycott or blacklist is taking place; and
    (b) All new activity the commission or other city agency has taken or will undertake to resolve the dispute.
  5. If the commission determines that the disclosure of any information in a report required by this section may interfere with or compromise a pending investigation or efforts to resolve the dispute by mediation or conciliation, it shall file the report without such information and state in the report the reasons for omitting such information.