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Effective October 31, 2017, it is illegal in New York City for employers to ask about a job applicant's salary history during the hiring process, including in advertisements, on applications, or in interviews.

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If you experience discrimination in New York City based on your religion, race, color, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, or other protected category under the City Human Rights Law, you can file a complaint with the NYC Commission on Human Rights. In New York City, You DO Have The Right. Learn your protections and take action today.

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Women in New York City are protected from discrimination and harassment by the City Human Rights Law and the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Issues and areas such as pregnancy, caregiver status, or status as a survivor of domestic violence are all protected, ensuring that women and girls can live safely and free from discrimination.

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Discriminatory harassment is threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or violence that interferes with a person's civil or constitutional rights; and is motivated in part by that person's actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or alienage or citizenship status or other protected status.

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In New York City, the Human Rights Law protects victims of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking against discrimination.  Victims of abuse should not be victimized further by being discriminated against in housing or employment.

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New York City is one of the most diverse and welcoming cities in the world. With more than 8.4 million residents, people of every faith, race, and ethnicity live and work side by side. Millions of people adhering to some religion or faith call New York City home, including thousands of Muslims with diverse backgrounds. They, like New Yorkers of every faith, contribute to the unique and rich cultural diversity for which New York City is universally known. They deserve to live and work free from discrimination and harassment.

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The New York City Human Rights Law includes strong protections against housing discrimination.  The Commission on Human Rights joined with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for a Fair Housing campaign to educate and inform all New Yorkers on their rights and responsibilities pertaining to housing in New York City.

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Because safe and equal bathroom access is a fundamental human right, as well as the law of the land in New York City, the NYC Commission on Human Rights has launched the nation’s first government-led citywide ad campaign affirming every New Yorkers’ right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, regardless of their gender assigned at birth.  It has been illegal in New York City to discriminate against an individual on the basis of gender identity or expression, including denying access to bathrooms, since 2002.

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Discrimination in employment on the basis of conviction or arrest record has been unlawful under the Human Rights Law since 1991.  On October 27, 2015, the Law was amended to strengthen this protection via the FAIR CHANCE ACT, which prohibits New York City employers from inquiring about job applicants' criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment is made.

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On September 3, 2015, the STOP CREDIT DISRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT took effect, adding credit history as a protected class in employment.  The Act prohibits most employers from checking applicants' credit score to determine job worthiness.

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