News and Articles

Legal Update - February 2016 Newsletter

Yogi Patel - Monday, February 08, 2016


Dear valued clients and supporters: This month's newsletter will focus on: (1) Updates and developments under New York State Human Rights Law and guidelines issued by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and (2) recent developments at Lloyd Patel LLP.

New York State Human Rights Law Developments
Employers and employees are advised that several new protections for employees under New York State Human Rights Law passed by the State Assembly last year went into effect on January 19, 2016.

One amendment expands on existing prohibitions against paying women less than their male colleagues for performing similar work and clarified what criteria would be appropriate for differential in pay not based on gender/sex. The same amendment also made it easier for women to find out of they are being paid equally and protects them from retaliation for sharing wage information with other employees. Additionally, New York State Human Rights Law now requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees in the form of schedule adjustments or alterations in job duties. Other amendments prohibit discrimination against employees based on their familial status (specifically against single mothers); allow victims of employment and/or credit discrimination based on sex/gender to recover attorney's fees when they file claims; and expand protections to all employees, including those previously exempt, against sexual harassment.

The Assembly also made two amendments to New York State Human Rights Law unrelated to employment. One such amendment protects individuals against discrimination and eviction based on their status as domestic violence victims. Another amendment augmented the state's human trafficking laws by increasing the penalties for traffickers, providing training to law enforcement officers, and allowing trafficking victims to sue for damages, including attorney's fees. Individuals and employees should familiarize themselves with these new developments to ensure that they know their rights and that all parties are in compliance with New York State Human Rights Law.

New York City Commission on Human Rights
Employers and Employees are advised that the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued legal enforcement guidelines on the protections against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on gender identity and expression under New York City Human Rights Law. The guidelines rebuke acts and omissions that intentionally refuse to use an individual's preferred pronoun or title; require that individuals be allowed to use whatever bathroom is consistent with their expressed gender; and prohibit the imposition of uniforms or grooming standards based on sex or gender. The Commission's mandate includes other protections, including health care-related protections for transgendered people, it makes clear that the guidelines are a floor, not a ceiling, and that there is an overall intent to prohibit any form of gender identity-based discrimination.

Employers are advised to analyze and implement their policies and procedures accordingly.

Development at Lloyd Patel LLP
We are pleased to announce the re-location of our main office to 65 Broadway, 7th Floor. New York, NY 10006.
And we are also excited to announce expansion plans and the opening of a satellite office in Long Island City, which we anticipate to be operational by March 1, 2016. Additional details will be forthcoming on Facebook, here on our website and next months's newsletter.

Readers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@lloydpatelllp) and Facebook to receive updates on these and other issues throughout the month.


Recent Posts


Illegal rentals NY payroll law Sexual Harassment New York City Human Rights Law Sexual Harassment policy Selling Business Technology Public-Sector Union Fees I-9 Verification Negotiating Alter-Ego Doctrine Apple vs. FBI Employment Law Interns Pregnancy Minimum wage Trade Secrets Paid Family Leave entrepreneur Newsletter Mandatory Class Action Waivers Federal Contractors Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures ACA Economic Injury Disaster Loans COVID-19 Criminal Record AirBnB Landlord-Tenant Law Credit Payroll Scams Nanny Audit sexual harassment training NYC Sick Leave Law Sexual Harassment and Discrimination In The Workplace Federal Small Business Assistance Lactation Law New York Earned Sick Time Act Tax-Deferred Savings Facebook Privacy and Litigation National Labor Relations Act Health Care Employee Manuals and Policies Wage and Hour Law #meToo Fair Chance Act Trade Secrets Act Arbitration Agreements stocks Affordable Care Act National Labor Relations Board Employment Offer/Agreement Immigration Status NYC Human Right's Law's Employment Contracts Web Domains drug testing Nobel Prize Postnup Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order Start-up Ventures Unionization graduate students Trademark licensing Worker's Rights Freelance Isn't Free Federal Joint Employer Rule Out-of-State LLC Owners Privacy Intellectual Property workplace discrimination NLRB Employee Salary Histories NYC Salary History Law Marijuana Testing Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. Plastic Bag Ban Domain Name Hairstyle Discrimination Womens Rights Credit Checks commuter benefits Executive Negotiation Security U.S. Department of Labor federal Department of Labor Fair Play to Pay Act Ban the Box NYC Sexual harrassment law Credit History Families First Coronavirus Response Act Interview Series Unions Overtime Exemptions Salary History Inquiries Department of Labor Workplace Requirements Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Business Law Browning-Ferris Case Fair Workweek Law NQSO Right to Unionize Overtime Rules Joint-Employer Relationship EEOC Filing Requirement Household Employees Housing Law marijuana usage New Address Interns as Employees Paycheck Protection Program Attracting Investment Fair Labor Standards Act Federal Overtime Law Human Rights Law Business employment discrimination lawsuits Employer Mandate Executive Severance Wage Theft Protection Act Fair Work Week Legislation Non-Qualified Stock Options Firm Announcements Divorce LinkedIn Emergency Economic Injury Grants $15 Minimum Wage Westchester County implementing new leave laws Corporate Law Independent Contractor Prenup Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Transgender protections Internet Law Trademark Law Real Estate Law Westchester Safe and Sick Time Laws


EDIT - blog-container - This controls the styles for the headings

EDIT - BlogTagCloud - Font style


  • EDIT  - post-body - Font style

EDIT - side-panel - This is the colour of the sidebar headings

Snap | BC Module - Blog - Blog Description

Snap | BC Module - Blog - Blog Title

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Date - This is the date box style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Post Content - Font style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Post Title - Heading style

EDIT  - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Sidebar Content - Font style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Sidebar Title - Heading style

latest blog title snap text


Disclaimer: Nothing on this website is or should be construed as legal advice.
An attorney-client relationship does not exist with our firm unless a signed
retainer agreement is executed, and we do not offer legal advice through
this site or any of the content located on it. For legal advice for your
particular circumstances, please contact us directly.