What are the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims as a Protected Employment Class in New York State?
According to New York State law, it is now illegal for any employer to discriminate against survivors of domestic violence during the hiring process or in any way pertaining to employment. Domestic violence-survivor status (or being perceived as a victim of domestic violence) has joined age, race, creed, color, national original, sexual orientation, military status, disability, genetic characteristics and marital status as a protected classification.
The survivor and perpetrator may be married, living together or dating. They may be in a traditional or non-tradition family, and they may be gay or straight.
While the law-an amendment to Executive Law Section 292-applies to employment, it does not extend to other areas, including housing or education.
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