Your employer is now required to establish a sexual harassment policy, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights.
The state has provided employers with a model policy to adopt or use as a guide in creating their policy.
Employers must provide each employee with a copy of its policy in writing.
**The state has received hundreds of very constructive and substantive comments from a wide range of individuals, advocates, industries, worker groups, businesses and business organizations. The comments are being reviewed and necessary revisions being considered, with finalized documents expected to be released in the near future.
A model complaint form has been shared with employers to distribute to employees. Every employer in New York State is required include a complaint form for employees in their sexual harassment prevention policy.
Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training.
Each employee must receive training on an annual basis, starting October 9, 2018.
Read the frequently asked questions to learn more about the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention policies and trainings and what you can do if you have been discriminated against.
Sexual Harassment is a form of discrimination. If you feel you have been discriminated against you can contact the Division of Human Rights. If a complaint is filed, the Division of Human Rights will investigate and may present the case in a public hearing.
The following organizations provide resources and services related to sexual harassment and discrimination. This list is not a comprehensive list of New York organizations who provide resources and services related to sexual harassment and discrimination:
- NOW NYC Helpline offers referrals for callers needing help with employment discrimination, divorce and custody, financial empowerment, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. Contact them at http://nownyc.org/service-fund/get-help/ or (212) 627-9895
- New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service at www.nysba.org or (800) 342-3661
- www.LawHelpNY.org: Legal information for New Yorkers who cannot afford an attorney.
- Legal Momentum Equality Works Program: Litigation against employers who have maintained or practiced discrimination. Contact at www.legalmomentum.org or (212) 925-6635
- City Bar Justice Center: www.citybarjusticecenter.org or (212) 626-7373 or 7383
- Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org or (866) 542-8336
- Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, https://nwlc.org/legal-assistance/
For questions or concerns contact the the Division of Human Rights toll-free at 1-888-392-3644. General inquiries may also be directed to [email protected]. Contact the Division via TDD/TTY at 718-741-8300.