Ensuring fair employment practices and aiming efforts toward closing the pay gap for women. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 21 prohibiting City agencies from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants
Launching Project Home, a three-year pilot program designed to promote the long-term safety and stability of domestic violence survivors. Through the program, survivors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are linked with vacant units in safe and affordable permanent housing.
Launching WE Master Leadership, a new business and leadership program for low-income and immigrant women entrepreneurs. The program is expected to serve an additional 500 women annually, while the overall WE NYC initiative is on track to serve over 5,000 women by 2019.”
Increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour for all City government employees and employees who provide contracted work for the City at social service organizations
Collective bargaining increases of 8 percent in female-dominated fields like teaching and health care; 10 percent raise for all civilian unions, resulting in an 18 percent raise for employees like teachers and nurses
Setting new goals and improving upon MWBE policies and practices to make contracting opportunities more easily accessible for businesses owned by women, with 471 new women owned businesses certified in FY15, bringing the total number of WBE firms to 2,004, and $128,254,114 City contracts awarded to WBEs in FY1
Expanding the protections of the New York City Human Rights Law to include “caregiver status” as an additional protected category for which employment discrimination is prohibited. The protections, which go into effect May 4, 2016, prohibit employment discrimination against employees caring for a minor child or an individual with a disability
Expanding the New York City Human Rights Law to add to Pregnancy and Employment Rights- NYC Human Rights Law requiring that employers disseminate or conspicuously post a written notice developed by the Commission on the rights of pregnant workers to be free from discrimination in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.
Exercising the full enforcement power of the Commission on Human Rights, by levying the first $250,000 penalty in the Commission's history, Cardenas v. Automatic Meter Reading Corp. The case displayed an employer’s longstanding pattern of sexually harassing a female employee, and the ultimate judgment affirmed the City's Human Rights Law as a powerful protection for women and other minorities in the workplace.
Establishing a new Division of Paid Care within the Department of Consumer Affairs' Office of Labor Policy and Standards to focus on the needs of paid caregivers, such as domestic workers and home health aides, who are often women and immigrants, and are in need of a trusted resource and specialized education efforts. The Division will be responsible for assisting the Director of the Office of Labor Standards with developing policies and programs that apply to paid care workers; conducting public outreach and information campaigns for paid care workers, employers, and care recipients; engaging in and promoting research on the paid care industry; and coordinating with appropriate stakeholders to provide development programming and training. This will expand upon the Administration’s labor policy and enforcement work and will, for the first time ever, establish a dedicated City resource to addressing the specific needs of paid caregivers, who are among the most vulnerable members of New York City’s labor force.
Providing outreach and education on consumer protection issues that affect women. The Department of Consumer (DCA) Affairs will provide information regarding short- and long- term financial planning, including planning for retirement and the navigation of public benefits programs. Additionally, the agency would provide information about the prevalence of gender-based pricing, how to avoid deceptive business practices and predatory consumer and financial products, as well as the availability of counseling services at DCA’s Financial Empowerment Centers.