In 2019, New York state passed and Governor Cuomo signed a new sexual harassment law. The law:
- provides increased protections for protected classes and special protections for employees who have been sexually harassed;
- prohibits nondisclosure agreements related to discrimination;
- prohibits mandatory arbitration clauses related to discrimination;
- requires employers to provide employees notice of their sexual harassment prevention training program in writing in English and in employees’ primary languages;
- extends the statute of limitations for claims resulting from unlawful or discriminatory practices constituting sexual harassment to three years;
- requires review and update of the model sexual harassment prevention guidance document and sexual harassment prevention policy; and
- directs the commissioner of labor to conduct a study on strengthening sexual harassment prevention laws.