The Commission on Human Rights enforces the New York City Human Rights Law and protects people who have experienced discrimination. They also assist folks in the process of negotiating reasonable accommodations in the areas of housing, employment, public services etc. For general questions, call the main number. To file a complaint, call the number for scheduling appointments.
Under the Human Rights Law in New York, every citizen has an "equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life." This law protects you from discrimination in areas such as employment, education, credit, and purchasing or renting a home or commercial space based on your race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, age, marital status, domestic violence victim status, disability, pregnancy-related condition, predisposing genetic characteristics or prior arrest or conviction record, familial status, retaliation for opposing unlawful discriminatory practices.
If someone feels they have been discriminated against they can file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights. Once a complaint is filed, the Division of Human Rights will investigate and may present the case in a public hearing.
You can file an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint alleging disability discrimination against a State or local government or a public accommodation (including, for example, a restaurant, doctor's office, retail store, hotel, etc.) online, by mail, or fax.
Complaint by Mail:
US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section – 1425 NYAV
Washington, D.C. 20530
The Mayor and Attorney General have created a taskforce to fight tenant harassment. Fill out the Tenant Harassment form and mail it to the Attorney General's office.
Disability Rights New York (DRNY) provides legal assistance to individuals with disabilities. DRNY’s mission is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have disabilities so that they freely exercise their own life choices, enforce their rights, and fully participate in community life. DRNY carries out this mission in a number of ways: through advocacy, coalition building, litigation and public information. Additionally, DRNY provides technical support to other advocates for people with disabilities in New York. This assistance is provided through a combination of the following nine programs: PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness), PADD (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), PAIR (Protection and Advocacy of Individuals Rights, including the rights of individuals with physical disabilities), PABSS (Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security, SSDI or SSI), PATBI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury), PAVA (Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access), PAAT (Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology), CAP (Client Assistance Program, Protection and Advocacy for Individuals Receiving or Applying for Vocational Rehabilitation Services) and Rep Payee (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals Receiving Social Security Benefits through a Representative Payee).
New York City Office:
25 Chapel Street, Suite 1005
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Pro-bono legal services.
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
(A hotline, no actual legal services provided)
Monday through Friday 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
40 Worth Street, Suite 606
New York, NY 10013
Professor Leslie Salzman
Director of Clinical Education & Co-Director of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Civil legal issues
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Family or matrimonial issues (including domestic violence)
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
14 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007