Protecting LGBTQ New Yorkers from Discrimination
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act — or GENDA — was signed into law on January 25, 2019. The legislation adds gender identity and gender expression as protected categories in New York State’s Human Rights Law. GENDA means it is illegal in New York State to discriminate against transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit, education, and more.
Unlawful discrimination because of gender identity or expression can include:
- Questions about gender identity or expression, or assigned sex at birth, such as in a job or housing interview;
- Refusing to hire for a job or to rent an apartment;
- Denying equal access to places of public accommodation, to a school, or to credit;
- Terminating employment or housing;
- Denying the use of restrooms or other facilities consistent with a person’s gender identity;
- Asking a transgender person to use a single-occupancy restroom because of someone else’s concerns;
- Requiring individuals to show medical or other documents in order to use facilities, such as restrooms, locker rooms or residential facilities, consistent with their gender identity;
- Utilizing grooming, uniform or appearance standards based on sex stereotypes;
- Providing benefits, leave or reasonable accommodations that differ based on gender;
- Refusing to use an individual’s requested name or pronouns;
- Subjecting an individual to harassment at work, school or places of public accommodation, or in connection with housing.
The New York State Human Rights Law protects individuals from discrimination in areas such as employment, education, credit, and purchasing or renting a home or commercial space based on many protected classes, including gender identity and gender expression.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against, file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights.
In honor of the one year anniversary of GENDA, Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) to kick off a GENDA public awareness tour to ensure that every New Yorker knows about their rights.
The seminars are planned for New York City in February, the North Country in March, the Hudson Valley in April, with more locations and dates to be announced soon.
Help us spread the word about GENDA so that every single New Yorker knows about their rights under the law. DHR has materials that you are free to download and use within your own organizations and communities:
Please also download and share the below GIF and share graphics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and use the hashtag #KnowYourRights.
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