In 2019, our families, chosen families, and communities gathered together to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the uprising at Stonewall, New York City’s birthplace for the modern-day lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) movement. Then 2020 happened, and many in our communities faced great personal loss, isolation…


It is critical that young people see themselves and their communities reflected back at them in the literature they read. That is why the NYC Commission on Human Rights created Stories for All, a reading list highlighting authors, characters, and stories that tackle the issues and experiences facing diverse communities…


It is critical that young people see themselves and their communities reflected back at them in the literature they read, which is why the Commission created Stories for All, a reading list highlighting authors, characters, and stories that tackle the issues and experiences facing diverse communities. …


Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights

These past few weeks in NYC have been incredibly challenging for all of us as a new COVID-19 Normal has taken hold. Many of us have been juggling challenges to different degrees — acclimating to working remotely, navigating childcare responsibilities, managing concerns about our parents and older people in our…


Stephanie Rudolph, the Director of the Commission’s Source of Income Unit (left), and Sapna Raj, the Deputy Commissioner of the Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau (right).

Lawful source of income under the NYC Human Rights Law includes housing subsidies or assistance from federal, state, or local public sources, such as Section 8 vouchers, FHEPS, CITYFHEPS, HASA Supplemental Security Income and other cash and rental assistance programs.

In 2018, more than 5 million people nationwide received Section…


Franck Joseph II (Photo Credit: Celeste Sloman)

Franck Joseph II, the Commission’s Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations was recently honored as one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. These individuals, ranging from policymakers, public relations professionals, union leaders, and government officials are recognized for their work leading the way in their professions and challenging…


Photo Credit: Kelly Williams Photography

All New Yorkers, regardless of who they are, where they were born, or what religion they practice, deserve to live freely and safely from discrimination. That’s why at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, we work to strengthen and support faith communities by enforcing the NYC Human Rights…


By: Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair/Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights

It is no coincidence that the greatest city in the world–New York City–is also one of the world’s most diverse: over a third of our city includes people who were born outside of the United States, and about 60 percent of New Yorkers live in a household with at least…


Questions on Criminal, Credit, or Salary History are Illegal in New York City

Finding a job sometimes feels like its very own full-time job — endless searches on job sites, applications that take forever to fill out, curating your resume, and writing cover letters you’re not even sure HR managers are reading. Click, send, wait, and repeat.

The last thing job seekers have…


A woman is approached by her supervisor and asked out on a date for the fourth time since she has started her job, this time with the caveat that “prudes don’t get promotions.”

A salesperson is repeatedly harassed by co-workers with comments about her physical appearance: “Hey sexy!” “Why…

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The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with educating on and enforcing the City Human Rights Law. Combating discrimination since 1955.

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