Pregnancy discrimination is illegal. This website provides information about the rights of employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding and feel your rights have been violated call: (888-392-3644)
A Better Balance Hotline (212-430-5982)
Speak directly with a lawyer. This hotline is for low income New Yorkers who are sick, pregnant or have family caregiving responsibilities, who want legal advice about sick leave, family leave, discrimination and other workplace issues related to pregnancy and family care.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and remedying discrimination in employment, housing, education, and access to public services.
Disability Advocates Inc. (518.432.7861) | (Toll free: 800.993.8982) 5 Clinton Square, 3rd Floor Albany, NY 12207
Provides legal protection, advocacy services, and employment training services to assist persons with mental and developmental disabilities.
Legal Momentum can help you choose an effective strategy for dealing with employment discrimination or sexual harassment. Ask for Equality Works program.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (212-459-4873) firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers a lawyer referral service.
New York State Division of Human Rights Hotline (888-392-3644) One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor Bronx, New York 10458
New York State has the proud distinction of being the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law, which affords every citizen “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.” This law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodations, and non-sectarian educational institutions, based on age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military status, and other specified classes.
New York City Commission on Human Rights (718-722-3131) | (Dial 311 in NYC)
File a discrimination complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Call hotline to speak with a lawyer about housing, employment, public accommodation, discriminatory harassment, and bias-related sexism.
The Families at Work Legal Clinic (212-430-5982)
A Better Balance and Outten & Golden LLP have launched a free monthly legal clinic for family caregivers and pregnant women. They provide legal advice and counsel to workers who would otherwise have trouble gaining access to a lawyer for help in understanding their workplace rights and how they interact with their family responsibilities. The clinic is geared toward low-income workers. Helps people with issues on NYC Sick Time Law.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights’ Community Service Center (212-306-5070)
Provides programs in the realms of Equal Access, Mortgage Counseling and Predatory Loan Prevention, Immigrant Employment Rights Education, and Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Manhattan | (212-306-5070) | 40 Rector Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10006
Brooklyn | (718-657-2465) | 275 Livingston Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217
Queens | (718-722-3130) | 153-01 Jamaica Avenue – Room 203Jamaica, NY 11432
Bronx | (718-579-6900) | 1932 Arthur Avenue, Room 203A Bronx, NY 10457
Staten Island | (718-390-8506) | 60 Bay Street, 7th Floor Staten Island, NY 10301
9 to 5: National Association of Working Women (800-522-0925) email@example.com
9to5’s toll-free Job Survival Hotline provides information on legal rights, strategies to win fair treatment direct you to the proper location to file a discrimination case. They do not provide legal counsel.
Equal Rights Advocates (415.621.0672) | (415.621.0505) (24 hours)
ERA’s Advice and Counseling Hotline is here to help you understand your legal rights. Free, discreet, individualized advice is available if you are facing: different treatment at work or school because of gender, unequal pay at work because of gender, pregnancy discrimination or maternity leave problems at work, sexual harassment at work or school, mistreatment for complaining about gender discrimination at work, family medical leave issues. Legal advice and representation is only available to residents in California. However, ERA may be able to offer referrals to attorneys in your state. They also have extensive resources for you to reference and know your rights.
National Women’s Law Center (202-319-3053)
Provides referral services ONLY. NWLC has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in this country. We have succeeded in getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, and educating the public about ways to make laws and public policies work for women and their families. Today, an experienced staff of nearly 60 continues to advance the issues that cut to the core of women’s lives in education, employment, family and economic security, and health and reproductive rights—with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission NY Office (800.669.4000 x33) Whitehall Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information through investigation and legal action. Also provide outreach, education and technical assistance programs.
Open: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Intake hours: Monday – Friday, from 8:30am to 3:00 pm.
U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau (1-800-827-5335)
Women in the workforce are vital to the nation’s economic security. The Women’s Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments.
Services Outside of NYC
Nassau County Commission on Human Rights (516.571.3662)
1 West Street, Room 105, Mineola, New York 11501.
City of Yonkers Human Rights Commission (914.377.6680)
87 Nepperhan Avenue, Room 405, Yonkers, New York 10701.
Suffolk County Commission on Human Rights (631.853.5480)
Riverhead County Center 310 Center Drive Room S47 Riverhead, NY 11901.