NYC: “Cooperative Dialogue” Mandate

New York City’s “cooperative dialogue” law goes into effect October 15, 2018.

The law requires that employers covered by the New York City Human Rights Law “must engage in a ‘cooperative dialogue’ with persons who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations”.

Jackson Lewis outlines the updates as follows:

Importantly, the new law creates a separate cause of action against covered entities that “refuse or otherwise fail to engage in a cooperative dialogue within a reasonable time with a person who has requested an accommodation or who the covered entity has notice may require such an accommodation.” The HRL requires covered entities to make reasonable accommodations for the following:

  1. Victims of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking;
  2. Pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition;
  3. Religious needs; and
  4. Disabilities.

For more details and employer obligations under the new mandate, please click here.


The information included in this blog post originally appeared in a Jackson Lewis publication on September 25, 2018, written by Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs, and Francis P. Alvarez.

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