The NYC Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, prohibits discrimination in New York City. Individuals are protected from discrimination in many areas, based on a number of protected classes.

Areas Covered by the Human Rights Law:

Protected Classes under the Human Rights Law:

  • Age
  • Alienage or citizenship status
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender (including sexual harassment)
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital status and partnership status
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sexual orientation
  • Status as a Veteran or Active Military Service Member

Additional protections are afforded in employment based on:

Additional protections are afforded in housing based on:


The City Human Rights Law requires that the complaint be filed within one year of the last alleged act of discrimination (or three years for gender-based harassment).

The alleged act of discrimination must have taken place within, or have sufficient connection to, the five boroughs of New York City for a complaint to be filed with the NYC Commission on Human Rights.