Somehow, despite this summer’s fight over whether Democrats or Republicans controlled the New York State Legislature, members of the Assembly and Senate and Gov. David Paterson found time to amend the New York State Human Rights Law.
Effective July 6, 2009, the law expanded the application of civil fines and penalties in cases of employment discrimination occurring on or after that date.
The change means the stakes for making an employment law mistake have dramatically risen. Until now, the imposition of civil fines had been limited to cases of housing discrimination.
According to Galen D. Kirkland, commissioner of the Division on Human Rights, the “... amendment to our law will provide the division with a very powerful tool to fight discrimination in the state. Now that we can assess fines and penalties in the majority of the cases received by the division, we will be better equipped to further the agency’s missio...(register to read more)
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