New York Human Rights Law

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New York State's Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of "age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, marital status or disability" in employment, housing, education, credit, and access to public accommodations[1] The law was originally passed in 1945 as the Law Against Discrimination,[2] and was the first of its kind in the United States.[3] It is enforced by the New York State Division of Human Rights.

The Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act passed in 2002 added "sexual orientation"; the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act is a bill proposed to add "gender identity or expression".

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  1. ^ N.Y. Executive Law §§291, 296-a (McKinney 2005)
  2. ^ Holland v. Edwards, 282 A.D. 353, 357 (N.Y. App. Div. 1953)
  3. ^ New York State Division of Human Rights