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New York amends Human Rights Law to protect unpaid interns

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by Robert F. Manfredo and Subhash Viswanathan, Esqs., Bond, Schoeneck & King

On July 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that amends the New York Human Rights Law by adding a new Section 296-c titled, “Unlawful discriminatory practices relating to interns.”

The amendment prohibits em­­ployers from discriminating against unpaid interns and prospective interns on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim status, with respect to hiring, discharge and other terms and conditions of employment. 

The amendment prohibits employers from retaliating against unpaid interns who oppose practices forbidden under the Human Rights Law or who file a complaint, testify or assist in a proceeding brought under the law. It is now also unlawful for employers to compel an intern who is pregnant to take...(register to read more)

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