New York State's comprehensive antidiscrimination statute is known as the New York State Human Rights Law. Under the Human Rights Law it is an "unlawful discriminatory practice" for an employer "to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from employment" or "to discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms of conditions or privileges of employment" because of an individual's age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, or marital status.
The New York State Human Rights Law charges the Division of Human Rights to investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination aggressively, fairly, and expeditiously; promote human rights throughout the State through education, conciliation, persuasion, conflict prevention and resolution, and other affirmative measures; develop, articulate, and advocate human rights policy and legislation for the State; act as a resource to assist public and private entities in preventing or eliminating discrimination; and provide leadership by reaching out to civil rights, human rights, and community groups to coordinate efforts to preserve and promote a human rights agenda.
If you believe that you have experienced unlawful discrimination you have a right to file a formal complaint with the federal, state, or local agencies listed below.
The federal, state, and local agencies listed below enforce laws against discrimination and investigate individual claims of discrimination. The statutory time period for the timely filing of charges of discrimination measured from the occurrence of the discriminatory action is also listed:
New York City Commission on Human Rights
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006
Statutory time period: One year (NYC Administrative Code, Title 8, Chapter 1).
New York State Division of Human Rights
One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY, 10458
Phone: (718) 741-8400
Statutory time period: One year (New York Executive Law, Article 15 '297(5); see also '297(9) (may also file civil action first, but administrative action is then precluded).