​​​​New York Human Rights Laws

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law?

The New York State Human Rights Law is a state-level law, while the New York City Human Rights Law is at the city level. Both prohibit discrimination on the basis of many characteristics, including disability, stating it is discriminatory for any places of public accommodation operating in New York to prevent access because of disability to accommodations, advantages, privileges, etc. of that place of public accommodation. The reference to “places of public accommodation” runs in parallel with the language of the Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III has consistently been interpreted to apply to websites and web content, which establishes legal precedent that both New York Human Rights Laws apply to websites and web content as well.

Who does the New York State Human Rights Law apply to?

The New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) applies to all employers within the state of New York, even those with fewer than four employees. With regard to web content, it applies to all “places of public accommodation,” which has been interpreted to include an organization’s website and digital content.

Who does the New York City Human Rights Law apply to?

The New York City Human Rights Law applies to any employer in New York City that has employed four or more people within the past year. With regard to web content, similar to the New York State Human Rights Law, this city-level law applies to all “places of public accommodation,” which has been interpreted to include an organization’s website and digital content.