Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law For Reasonable Accommodation Requests

A recent amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law now requires employers to handle employee requests for reasonable accommodations in a specific manner. The New York City Council amended the law, which takes effect on October 15, 2018, in response to employers’ failure to acknowledge and appropriately handle requests for reasonable accommodations by their employees. The amendment requires employers to participate in a cooperative discussion with an employee who needs accommodations for:
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New York City Human Rights Law

In 2016, New York City’s Commission on Human Rights experienced a sixty percent increase in complaints relating to discrimination and harassment.

The New York City Human Rights Law is a statute that provides an individual with protections in addition to federal and state regulations. It addresses discrimination in the workplace, housing complexes, public spaces, harassment by law enforcement, and retaliation.  Furthermore, it covers employment discrimination against all New York City workers and even interns. Also, it establishes protected classes, which include:

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Sexual Harassment At The Plaza

The famous Plaza Hotel, located in New York City, has had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against it by some of its female employees.  The Plaza Hotel is an icon for its famous political figures and entertainers.  While many are shocked by the allegations, sexual harassment in the hotel industry is fairly common.  According to a recent report, 8 in 10 hotel workers have experienced being harassed on the job.

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