Effective February 25, 2019, “gender identity and expression” will be included as a protected class under New York State’s anti-discrimination laws. This new law will apply to New York employers with four or more employees. Gender identity and expression is defined as a “person’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, appearance, behavior, expression, or other gender-related characteristic regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth, including, but not limited to, the status of being transgender.”
What You Should Do Now
Employers should review their employment policies and update them to reflect this new protected class. In addition, employers should train human resources employees and managers about this new law.
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