Pay equality has been the talk of the town recently, but it is no secret that women earn less than men across most, if not all, occupations for doing similar work. But good news! In July, workers in New York who allege wage discrimination by their employers have a new set of tools at their disposal as a result of legislation requiring equal pay regardless of one’s salary history or membership of a protected class. Governor Cuomo signed the equal pay bills in New York City jus
On Monday, Governor Cuomo signed a set of amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), providing stronger protections for women, LGBTQ individuals, and all other classes protected under the law. The Gender Equality Law Center worked with coalitions of employment lawyers, women’s rights advocates, and other organizations to support this progressive change for all New Yorkers. Ending Severe or Pervasive One of the most impactful amendments is the removal of the "
In June, the New York City Council’s Committee on Women’s Issues hosted a hearing on three bills addressing domestic violence in the City of New York. The bills proposed by the Committee, Int. No. 1610, Resolution 1292, and Int. No. 1496, offer solutions to problems associated with intimate partner violence. For instance, the bills address the obstacles survivors face when attempting to terminate a lease and the critical difference a hairdresser’s salon can make in recognizin
New Yorkers are Expecting! Advocates Launch “9-Month Countdown” to Celebrate 2018 Start of Paid Family Leave for New York Workers New Yorkers thinking about starting a family or having another child have a lot to be thankful for this year. Starting in 2018, New York’s 6.4 million private sector workers, both men and women, will be able to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. Last April, advocates, businesses, and legislative lead