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New York extends time to file discrimination claims

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New York has extended the statute of limitations for filing unlawful discrimination claims from one year to three years. This significant change, effective from Thursday, aims to provide more time for individuals who experience discrimination to seek justice. Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the importance of this law in promoting safety, dignity, and respect amidst increasing hate across the nation.

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The new statute applies to all claims filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights for incidents occurring on or after February 15, 2024. This amendment is seen as a crucial step in broadening the rights of discrimination survivors and ensuring accountability from employers, housing providers, and educational institutions under the State Human Rights Law.

This legislative change reflects the understanding that survivors often need more time to process and act upon their experiences. It maintains a three-year statute of limitations for sexual harassment claims in the workplace that occurred after August 12, 2020. The aim is to create a safer and more supportive environment for all New Yorkers facing discrimination.