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New York’s Continued Commitment to Eradicating Discrimination and Inequality in the Workplace

New York City and New York State government officials and administrative agencies have been extremely busy during the first quarter of 2019 with various anti-discrimination and equality initiatives.

  • As described below, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR” or the “Commission”) launched a Gender-Based Harassment Unit (“Harassment Unit”) in January 2019.

  • In February 2019, the Commission released legal enforcement guidance (“Guidance”) addressing race discrimination on the basis of hair and hairstyles in an ongoing effort to combat anti-Black racism in New York City.

  • On March 15, 2019, the Commission launched a “While Black” campaign to target anti-Black racism in New York City by addressing some common forms of discrimination that Black people face while doing everyday activities. This campaign also serves to educate entities on their responsibilities under the law.

  • Governor Cuomo released a comprehensive Women’s Salary Negotiation Guide (“Guide”) on April 2, 2019 and again called for the passage of a salary history ban to close the gender wage gap in New York State in honor of Equal Pay Day. The Governor proclaimed that New York State “will never stop fighting until we reach full gender equality and economic justice for all.”

These initiatives—all of which were launched during the first four months of 2019—showcase why New York has long been a leader in enacting some of the most robust human rights laws in the country.

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Blythe E. Lovinger, Labor and Employment Practice, Vedder Price Law Firm

Blythe E. Lovinger is a Shareholder in the New York office of Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. 

Ms. Lovinger focuses her practice on employment litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. She has defended employers and senior executives against claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation as well as actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Ms. Lovinger has extensive experience...

Haley Tynes, Vedder Price Law Firm, New York, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney

Haley P. Tynes is an Associate in the New York office of Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups.

Ms. Tynes represents businesses in a variety of labor and employment matters, and advises employers in the litigation of employment disputes.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, Ms. Tynes worked as a Business and Securities Fraud intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Judge Steven I. Locke for the Eastern District of New York