Cohen Seglias Summer Associate Jordan L. Cramer also contributed to this article.
On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation (Senate Bill S6577, A8421) making it significantly easier for employees to file sexual harassment lawsuits in New York. Harassment law in New York is now dramatically different than it is in other states. All businesses with employees in New York need to understand the new rules, revise their employee handbooks to comply with the revised standards, and provide mandatory harassment training to their employees.
Here’s a quick summary of the most important provisions in the new law: