New York State’s sexual harassment laws protect all employees at any workplace, and individuals who visit a workplace in the course of their own work such as consultants, delivery drivers, repair technicians, or salespersons. Under New York law, harassment at work does not have to be severe or pervasive to be unlawful, and workers have up to three years from the time of a harassment incident to file a workplace sexual harassment claim with the Division of Human Rights.
In March 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul further strengthened the resources available to New Yorkers facing sexual harassment in the workplace by signing legislation directing the New York State Division of Human Rights to implement a toll-free confidential hotline to provide counsel and assistance to individuals experiencing workplace sexual harassment.
You can call DHR’s toll-free sexual harassment hotline at 1-800-HARASS-3 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
New York State has published resources to combat sexual harassment at the workplace, including model policies, training materials, and posters.