In his State of the State message in January, Governor Cuomo called for a “Women’s Equality Act” that would include legislation on pay equity, sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence and various forms of discrimination. In addition, it included passage of the Reproductive Health Act concerning abortion. Many question why the Governor has delayed his proposal. Governor Cuomo stated that he planned to update New York’s abortion laws so that they comply with the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo also wants to take abortion laws out of the penal code, where they’ve been since before Roe v. Wade, and put them in the health law. Cuomo has delayed on introducing a proposal on the issue. Read more: Full article.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is the unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. There are laws against such unwanted sexual harassment that are designed to protect employees from their bosses, co-workers, or customers at work. Sexual harassment is not limited to one gender. It applies to both men and women. Sexual harassment can be harassment from a person of the same or the opposite sex.

Leeds Brown Law PC dedicates a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination. The firm has represented individuals throughout Long Island and the New York City area in matters of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit lmblaw.com.