Westchester County NY Adopts Policy Barring Discrimination Against Victims

Westchester County, NY Adopts Policy Barring Discrimination against DV Victims
Recently, the Board of Legislators of Westchester County, NY adopted their human-rights law so that landlords and employers will be forbidden from discriminating against victims of sex abuse, domestic violence and stalking.

"To bring such a claim, a person must have notified the employer or landlord of the situation by producing a police report, restraining order or testimonial from a doctor, minister, counselor or similar professional. Alternatively, the person could argue that he or she had been discriminated against simply based on perception" by filing a complaint with the county Human Rights Commission, which can issue cease-and-desist orders or demand monetary damages.

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