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The City of New York Wants to Protect the Rights of Those Brave Human Beings Who Have Served to Protect Us

On August 23, 2016, legislation was introduced proposing to amend the New York City Human Rights Law, to make veterans a protected class.

If the amendment becomes law, veterans (includes all uniformed service members- retired or active) may assert claims of discrimination if they think they are not being awarded equal treatment under the law.

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated,

“Veterans across the country routinely face obstacles in employment, housing and public accommodat­ions. We don’t tolerate that in New York City. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for our country and they deserve respect and dignity.”

According to the City, veterans and active service members are vulnerable to differential treatment from employers who believe they may be deployed at any time or unfairly believe they may have mental health trauma due to experiences during their service.

Nearly 14,000 veterans in New York State are currently unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Public Advocate Letitia James announced, “By guaranteeing our veterans safeguards under the City’s Human Rights Law, we will ensure that all uniformed service members, retired and active, are protected from discrimination. New York is a city that will always stand by those who have served to protect us.”

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