Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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A Nation-Leading Anti-Sexual Harassment Agenda

Governor Cuomo and New York State are leading the nation with new laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace as part of his 2018 Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity.

On April 12, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed into law the 2019 New York State Budget, updating the State’s sexual harassment laws.

Attention New York City Employers: The New York City Commission on Human Rights has launched an online training program for employers based in New York City that is compliant with New York State requirements. The training is available here.

Overview of New Laws

Protecting Independent Contractors in the Workplace

The Human Rights Law now protects contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants or others providing services in the workplace from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Training For All Employers

Beginning in October 2018 Employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceeds the law’s minimum standards.

For All State Contractors

Beginning in January 2019, all state contractors must submit an affirmation that they have a sexual harassment policy and that they provide annual training to all of their employees.

Protection Against Sexual Harassment

For Employers

Learn more about the model sexual harassment policy and what you need to know as an employer.

Contact the Division of Human Rights

Sexual Harassment is a Form of Discrimination

Where to Find Support

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:

A Better Balance's free, legal helpline offers confidential information to workers about workplace rights, including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, breastfeeding and work-family issues. Contact them at (212) 430-5982 or [email protected]

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 or (212) 627-9895

New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service at or (800) 342-3661 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 or (212) 925-6635

City Bar Justice Center: or (212) 626-7373 or 7383

Lambda Legal: or (866) 542-8336

Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund,


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