New York Governor signs amendments to New York Human Rights Law to allow sexual harassment suits against employer regardless of the number of employees employed by the company.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on October 21, 2015 signed an amendment to the New York State Human Rights Law, which went into effect January 19. 2016 expanding the ability for employees to bring sexual harassment suits against their employers. This amendment S.2/A.5360 amends N.Y. Exec. Law § 292 to allow sexual harassment suits against employers regardless of the number of employees employed by the company. Before this amendment, employers with fewer than four employees were excluded from the definition of “employer” and thus could not be liable to a sexual harassment suite by their employees.
This new amendment will help those employees working for small companies who have been subjected to sexual harassment in their workplace find redress, where they previously could not. Employees of any company, no matter how big or small, should not be subjected to sexual harassment and if they are, then employers should be held accountable and liable to sexual harassment suits and now thanks to this new amendment, employees of smaller companies are afforded these protections that their counterparts in larger companies have enjoyed for so long.