New York Adds Gender-Based Protections for Interns

Effective immediately, the New York state legislature has amended Section 296-c of the New York Human Rights Law (“Unlawful discriminatory practices relating to interns”) to add gender identity or expression as a protected class for purposes of the intern provision of the law. In 2019, gender identity or expression was added as a protected class to all areas of jurisdiction throughout the Human Rights Law. The legislature explains that likely due to an unintended oversight, the intern provision was not amended. The passing of the new bill makes the protection explicit.