New York To Extend Human Right Law To Cover Gender Identity, Transgender Status And Gender Dysphoria

The New York Times reports today that New York’s Governor Cuomo has  announced that he would “direct the State Division of Human Rights to issue regulations that extend protections against discrimination found in a 1945 law [NYS Human Rights Law] to cover gender identity, transgender status and gender dysphoria.”

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The protections in these regulations would extend to, among other things, employment.

As the Times noted, “Mr. Cuomo said the move was overdue, noting that transgender people had been left out of previous antidiscrimination laws protecting gay and bisexual men and women.”

Although almost 20 states have laws protecting transgender people, the New York legislature failed last June to pass such a law, known as the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (“GENDA”).

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]