New York City Human Rights Law


The New York City Human Rights Law is a unique anti-discrimination statute. The 2005 Restoration Act, which amended the statute, and a growing body of case law establish that the City Law requires a uniquely liberal construction, which is generally more favorable to plaintiffs than New York State and Federal law. Before you frame your complaint take a look at the many protections offered by the City Law, and compare it to New York State and Federal law. We have provided links to (i) a law review article by the former General Counsel of the NYC Human Rights Commission, who was a key player in the enactment of the 2005 Restoration Act, (ii) the Anti-Discrimination Center's website, which contains legislative history pertaining to the NYCHRL and the 2005 Restoration Act, and (iii) a Case Law Outline which highlights the differences between the City Law, State and Federal law.

Craig Gurian, A Return to Eyes On The Prize: Litigating Under The Restored New York City Human Rights Law, 33 Fordham Urb. L.J. 255 (2006) *

See the Complete Legislative History of the NYCHRL and the 2005 Restoration Act, and other Resources, at the Anti-Discrimination Center website.

Comparison of NYCHRL to State and Federal Law and Case Law Update, by Joshua Friedman



Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in these materials are those of the authors and not necessarily those of NELA/NY. These materials are not intended to be used as a substitute for legal research. There is no guarantee they are accurate or current. They are not intended to be used by non-lawyers.

* Copyright Fordham Urban Law Journal. Posted on the website of the Anti-Discrimination Center. Craig Gurian is the Executive Director of the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York; Scholar-in-Residence, Fordham Law School’s Stein Center for Law and Ethics; and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Professor Gurian was the principal drafter of the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act and built and led a coalition of more than forty civil rights and allied groups that worked for its passage.


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