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.
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* 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.