Familial Status is Now a Protected Class

By Douglas Lipsky

Family Status is now a protected class.

Is being a parent a protected status? It is now.

Under the End Family Status Discrimination Act, “familial status” is now a protected class under the New York State Human Rights Law. What does this mean?

Under this amendment, employers may not discriminate against employees based upon their status of having a family. This prevents employers from discriminating against parents in terms of employment, compensation and privileges in employment. It further means it is unlawful for an employer not to hire someone because they are a parent.

About the Author
Douglas Lipsky is a co-founding partner of Lipsky Lowe LLP. He has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, unpaid overtime, and unpaid tips. He also represents clients in complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the laws of many different states. If you have questions about this article, contact Douglas today.