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Experiencing workplace discrimination? New law makes it easier to sue employers in New York

The state is making it easier to pursue discrimination claims in court under a new measure signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul.

The law will take effect February 1 and will address those who have struggled with discrimination claims in the existing legal system.


It expands the ability of New York’s courts to award fees for attorneys and witnesses when a plaintiff sues over discrimination.

“The pursuit of justice is more than just having rules on the books against discrimination,” Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz said. “It is also about ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to our legal system to assert their rights.”

New Yorkers can pursue discrimination cases through the state court system or Division of Human Rights.



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