NEW YORK – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the State Division of Human Rights last year secured more than $5 million in compensation for victims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. As the result of DHR investigations, 923 victims were awarded a total of $5.2 million. In addition, DHR assessed $273,000 in penalties against employers.
“New York’s diversity is its strength and this administration has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, period,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will take every necessary step to ensure New Yorkers are being treated fairly under the law, that landlords, employers and businesses know their obligations, and that those who disregard them will be held accountable.”
The largest compensation outcomes were seen in employment cases, including:
Notable housing cases include:
Click here to see a breakdown of all DHR cases resolved in 2016 by region and compensation.
In addition, DHR assessed $273,000 in penalties against employers, including: A $60,000 fine against an Oneonta car dealership in a case based on disability discrimination in employment; a $55,000 fine against a Staten Island restaurant for sex/age discrimination in employment; and a $50,000 fine against Con Ed in a disability/employment case.
The Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, credit, and places of public accommodation, among other areas of jurisdiction, based upon age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, disability, pregnancy-related condition, domestic violence victim status, familial status, or other characteristic of any individual.
New York has the proud distinction of being the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law, which affords every citizen “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.” The New York State Division of Human Rights is the agency in charge of enforcing this law. For more information about the law and the work of the agency, please visit the Division of Human Rights’ website at www.dhr.ny.gov or call 1-888-392-3644.