In January 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) into law, effective Feb. 24, 2019.
This act amends the New York Human Rights Law to include gender identity or expression as protected classes in employment, housing and public accommodations. This means employers are prohibited from harassing, imposing unfair conditions, or otherwise discriminating against employees based on their gender identity or expression.
The amendment states that gender identity or expression is defined as “a person’s actual or perceived identity, appearance, behavior, expression, or other gender-related characteristics regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth, including, but not limited to, the status of being transgender.”
NY Hate Crime Laws
Also, the law expands New York state’s hate crime laws to include crimes against individuals based on their gender identity or expression. This portion of the law goes into effect on Nov. 1, 2019.