Human Rights Violations

New York Human Rights Violations

The New York States Human Rights Law protects individuals from discrimination based on their age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, and familial status (in housing only).

Where to File a Human Rights Complaint

A human rights complaint can be filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Violations that occur in New York City can also be filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

You can also file a lawsuit within New York Supreme Court.

How Long You Have to File a Human Rights Violation Complaint?

In New York, you have one year to file a human rights violation complaint or lawsuit from the last act of discrimination. Therefore, if you are being wrongfully harassed from January 01, 2013 until December 31, 2013, the last day to file a complaint would be December 31, 2014.

What is a Human Rights Violation?

In New York, it is a human rights violation to discrimination against individuals:

  •  When hiring a person for a job
  • On the job
  • In the rental, sale, or provision of housing
  • In a place where the public is served, such as a restaurant, hotel, or hospital
  • In credit and lending
  • In certain educational institutions
  • through boycotting or blacklisting.

A business or organization also cannot retaliate against a person for filing a human rights violation complaint.

What Must a Human Rights Violation Complaint Contain?

An attorney is suggested for filing a complaint and defending your rights. In order to file a complaint, and individual must identify witnesses, state the individuals who have discriminated against you, and give particular details about the discrimination.

Rather than filing a human rights violation complaint, a lawsuit can, and in most cases, should be filed against the individuals or corporation discriminating the victim.

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