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New York Civil Rights Laws

The rights of individuals to receive equal treatment under the law are collectively called civil rights. New York civil rights laws generally mirror federal civil rights laws, with some exceptions. New York, for example, recognizes sexual orientation as a protected status. This means it is a violation of state (but not federal) law to discriminate against a gay person for purposes of employment or housing.

The following chart provides the relevant code sections and basic provisions of New York's civil rights laws.

Explanation of Terms in Civil Rights Laws Chart

Code Section Exec. §290, et seq. (Generally); Civ. Rights §§18a to 47c (Public Accommodations and Public Housing)
Agency Generally: Division of Human Rights; Public Accommodations and Public Housing: State Human Rights Appeal Board
Administrative Preemption No
Private Action Permitted? Yes
Attorney Fees Recoverable by Plaintiff? No
Statute of Limitations Generally: variable; Public Accommodations and Public Housing: Not specified

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York civil rights attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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