Clarification Amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law

Clarification Amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED…

We are writing to inform you of additional legislation clarifying the recent amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (“the HRL”) and to provide a summary of the substantive changes. The legislation provides that several of the HRL amendments apply only to harassment or discrimination claims that are based on events taking place on or after the effective date of the amendment. The legislation further clarifies that reasonable attorneys’ fees may (not must) be awarded to the prevailing party in any employment discrimination claim in the discretion of the court or the NYS Division of Human Rights Commissioner (as applicable). An updated version of our August 30, 2019 client memorandum is attached to reflect these changes.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Alyssa Zuckerman or any of our other attorneys at 631-694-2300.

THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.

© Lamb & Barnosky, LLP 2019

Updated version of August 30, 2019 client memo