New Decision Eases Burden for Employees Bringing Sexual Harassment Claims Under NYC Human Rights Law

February 2009

A New York appellate court in Manhattan has issued an opinion that construes the New York City Human Rights Law very liberally, so as to provide considerably greater protection for employees than is available under analogous federal and New York State statutes. Among other things, under the standards articulated in this opinion, it will be significantly easier for an employee to establish a sexual harassment claim under the City law than it is under federal or New York State law. The decision is important to employers with employees in New York City both because of the new standards for workplace conduct that it establishes and because employers will need to consider whether they should amend their workplace harassment policy in light of the newly articulated standards.

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