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New York Adds Gender Expression as Protected Class

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Gender Expression is Protected

On January 15, 2019, the New York State legislature passed the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (“GENDA”) which adds “gender identity and expression” to the protected categories of the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”). Currently, the NYSHRL prohibits discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation but courts have not interpreted this category to extend to discrimination based on gender identity or expression. With the passage of GENDA, and pending Governor Cuomo’s expected signature, the NYSHRL will prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression, extending significant protections to transgender and gender variant individuals across the state.

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