FAQ: Human Rights Commission

Q: What are the areas addressed by the Human Rights Law?

A: Under the Human Rights Law discrimination is prohibited in the areas of: Employment Housing Credit Public Accommodations Volunteer firefighting Non-Sectarian Educational Institutions

Q: How do I file a Human Rights complaint?

A: Complaints can be filed with the NYS Department of Human Rights online at www.dhr.ny.gov or by calling (518) 474-2705.

Q: What is the NYS Human Rights Law?

A: The Human Rights Law protects individuals from discrimination based on their age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, and familial status (in housing only). If you believe you have been discriminated against based on one of these traits or characteristics, you may have a valid complaint of unlawful discrimination.