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Are You Being Discriminated Against?

In New York State, it is unlawful to discriminate against any individual or group of people on the basis of protected classes. Listed below are the areas of discrimination covered under New York State Human Rights Law, as well as the protected classes.

Areas of Discrimination


Discrimination in the workplace is against the law. If you believe that you did not get a job, or were unfairly terminated or treated differently because of your group identity you may file a complaint.

Sale, Lease, Rental of Housing and Commercial Spaces

It is unlawful for sellers and landlords, brokers, salespersons, mortgage lenders or real estate boards to discriminate in the sale or rental of properties. If you think your rights have been violated because of your group identity you may file a complaint.

Places of Public Accommodation

Discrimination is prohibited in public places such as hotels, eating and drinking establishments, amusement parts, sports and recreational facilities, retail or wholesale businesses dealing with goods and services.


Discrimination is prohibited in connection with lending, withholding, extending, renewing, the fixing of terms and conditions, or denial of credit. If you feel you've been discriminated against, you may file a complaint.

Protected Classes

  • Age
  • Arrest Record
  • Creed/Religion
  • Disability
  • Denial of use of a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity or Expression
  • Lawful Source of Income
  • Marital Status
  • Military Status
  • National Origin
  • Predisposing Genetic Characteristics
  • Pregnancy-Related Conditions
  • Race/Color
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Relationship or Association