New York Law Alerts - August 2019

Discrimination Penalties

On July 29, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.B. 5791) amending N.Y. Lab.  Law § 215 (penalties and civil action; prohibited retaliation) to add discrimination or retaliation against immigrant employees within the penalty provisions. Specifically, the law adds that to threaten, penalize, or in any other manner discriminate or retaliate against any employee includes both:

  • Threatening to contact (or contacting) U.S. immigration authorities; and

  • Otherwise reporting (or threatening to report) an employee’s suspected citizenship, immigration status, or that of an employee’s family or household member to a federal, state, or local agency.

The law is effective October 27, 2019.

Read NY S.B. 5791

Mayar Mahmoud