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Governor Cuomo Seeks to Add Transgendered Individuals to Protected Class List

Move offers protection against discrimination in the workplace

A recent announcement from the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo sheds light on proposed changes to the New York State Human Rights Law. The proposed changes legally prohibit discrimination and harassment of individuals based on gender identity, transgender status and Gender Dysphoria. The move is the first of its kind from a state leader in the United States.

What does the regulation do?

Governor Cuomo’s actions place strict regulations on the treatment of individuals based on gender identity or status. The regulations prevent harassment and discrimination against transgender people in the workplace, in housing situations and in financial matters.

Under the new regulations, employers, landlords, creditors and businesses are banned from discriminating against individuals based on their gender identity. The Human Rights Law governs all of New York, making harassment and discrimination illegal across the state.

The regulation adds power to municipal laws and ordinances already in place.

New York welcomes individuals of all shapes and sizes

In announcing the new regulations, Governor Cuomo emphasized the state’s acceptance of all people from all walks of life.

“The scourge of harassment and discrimination against transgender individuals is well-known – and has also has gone largely unanswered for too long,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has always been a beacon for the country on LGBT rights. We started the movement at Stonewall, we led the way with marriage equality, and now we are continuing to show the nation the path forward. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against transgender people anywhere in the State of New York – period.”

Moving forward

With the new regulations in place, transgendered individuals are offered the same protection against discrimination and harassment offered to other protected classes, including those based on:

  • Age

  • Race

  • Sex

  • Religion

  • National origin

  • Disability

  • Pregnancy

In making the change, Governor Cuomo has offered transgendered individuals the same freedoms to seek employment, housing, medical care and more without fear of discrimination or harassment that so many others enjoy.

What does this mean for you?

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on your gender identity, take heart in knowing that you now have legal options to combat the mistreatment. As the regulations take effect, individuals subjected to such mistreatment have the right to pursue damages against any employer, landlord, lender or medical provider guilty of discrimination or harassment.

By taking action to end such mistreatment, you not only protect your best interests, but you help to set a precedence for years to come. If you feel you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your gender identity, contact a New York employment lawyer today.

Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth serve transgendered New Yorkers in all employment law matters

The New York employment law attorneys at Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth, PLLC proudly serve transgendered New Yorkers who have become victims of workplace discrimination or harassment. Our knowledge of the law and experience handling complex employment law matters makes us uniquely suited to help you pursue justice for your mistreatment. Contact us online or call 212-545-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case with one of our New York employment law attorneys.





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