NYC: Guidance on Disability Discrimination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released a guide entitled “Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Disability”.

The guide is designed to educate employers on preventing disability discrimination and providing disability accommodations to both job applicants and employees.

The document also outlines the new “cooperative dialogue” law that goes into effect October 15, 2018, which requires employers to “engage in a cooperative dialogue within a reasonable time: with someone who has made an accommodation request.

According to Epstein Becker Green:

The Law amends the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to require covered entities—including employers and public accommodations—to engage in a cooperative dialogue with individuals who may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the NYCHRL.[1] Under the Law, a person may require an accommodation related to religious needs; a disability; pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; or the needs of a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking.

The guide contains several model documents including a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form, Letter to Employee on Leave, and a Service Animal One-Pager.

For more information, please click here.

The information included in this blog post originally appeared in a publication by Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. on September 14, 2018, written by Susan Gross Sholinsky, Joshua A. Stein, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, Amanda M. Gomez, and Alison E. Gabay.

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