New York State Adopts New Legislation Governing the Workplace: Governor Cuomo Signs Bills That Loosen the Legal Standards Governing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Claims, Ban Salary History Inquiries in Connection with Hiring, Expand the Scope of the State’s Equal Pay Act, and Prohibit Race Discrimination Based on Natural Hair or Hairstyles

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - August 21, 2019
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This memorandum summarizes new laws in New York State that change the legal standards governing sexual harassment and other discrimination claims under State law, bringing those standards more in line with New York City law than federal law, and expand restrictions that previously applied to mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure agreements in the context of sexual harassment claims, making them now applicable to all claims of workplace discrimination or harassment. The new laws also enact a state-wide ban on salary history inquiries in connection with employment similar to the ban that applies in New York City, expand the scope of the State’s Equal Pay Act, and prohibit race discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles.