The Commission's new "You Have Rights NYC" testimonial video series has been designed to highlight prominent examples of successful outcomes achieved through law enforcement action by the agency. The videos educate the public on real experiences of discrimination told in first person by New Yorkers who got justice thanks to reaching out to the Commission. Participants volunteered for this project so the information on available help gets to more New Yorkers who go through similar experiences. Each story also encourages victims to come forward if they are discriminated against.
As an ongoing project, the Commission will release videos depicting real examples of discrimination complaints received and handled by the agency. By featuring honest stories from real New Yorkers affected by discrimination and harassment, and who received help by the Commission, the goal of the video series is to ensure New Yorkers understand their rights and that they have a viable venue for justice in NYC.
If you are unsure whether or not you have faced discrimination, visit the Commisison's law overview page for additional information.
Tomas's story of Criminal History discrimination in Employment
Beatriz's story of Source of Income discrimination in Housing
If you have been the victim of, or have experienced discrimination, we can help. Contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights at (212) 416-0197 or use this online form to report your case. Whether in employment, housing, or places of public accommodation, if you have faced discrimination because of who you are, let us know about it. You can even do it anonymously!
Still have questions?
Watch this helpful video for an overview of the reporting process so you can have a thorough understanding of the Commission's work in investigating acts of discrimination in New York City.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights, led by Chair and Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis, is the City agency responsible for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law, one of the most comprehensive anti-discrimination laws in the country. The City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, color, religion/creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including sexual harassment), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military service, marital status, and partnership status. In addition, the City Human Rights Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on unemployment status, arrest or conviction record, credit history, caregiver status, and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses. In housing, there are additional protections based on lawful occupation, family status, any lawful source of income, and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation, discriminatory harassment, and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.
The NYC Human Rights Law is one of the strongest anti-discrimination laws in the nation and protects against discrimination based on religion, national origin, immigration status, among other categories. Through the enforcement of the City Human Rights Law, the NYC Commission on Human Rights is getting justice for victims and holding violators accountable. If you face discrimination in NYC, you can report it to the NYC Commission on Human Rights at (212) 416-0197 or by using this online form.