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NYC Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Uniformed Service

Covered Employers Prohibited from Taking Certain Actions

Amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law prohibit employment discrimination based on uniformed service. Highlights of the amendments are presented below.

Discrimination Based on Uniformed Service Prohibited
Under the amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law (generally applicable to employers with 4 or more employees), a covered employer is generally prohibited from taking the following actions because of the actual or perceived uniformed service|uniformed service|uniformed service of any person:

  • Representing that any employment or position is not available when in fact it is available;
  • Refusing to hire or employ or barring or discharging from employment such person; or
  • Discriminating against such person in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

Additionally, covered employers generally may not declare, print, or circulate any statement, advertisement, or publication; use any job application form; or make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment, which directly or indirectly expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to uniformed service.

The measure was enacted on July 22, 2017, and takes effect 120 days later. Click here to read the text of the amendments for more details, including additional prohibited actions. Further information on the New York City Human Rights Law is available by clicking here.


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