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New York law on gender identity, new wage requirements

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By Subhash Viswanathan, Esqs., Bond, Schoeneck & King

New York passes GENDA

After passage of a new law, it is now illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression in the state of New York. On Jan. 15, 2019, the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. GENDA faced more than a decade of impasse in the State Senate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed GENDA into law on Jan. 25.

GENDA protects the rights of transgender and non-gender-conforming New Yorkers by adding “gender identity or expression” as a protected category under the state’s Human Rights Law.

The legislation defines “gender identity or expression” as “a person’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, appearance, behavior, expression, or other gender-related characteristic regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth, including, but not limited to, the status of being transgender.”

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