Under a recent amendment of the New York Human Rights Law, S.818B/A.2035B, effective July 14, 2022, the NYS Division of Human Rights established a toll-free confidential hotline to assist and counsel individuals with complaints about sexual harassment in the workplace. The number for the hotline was released today, and is 1-800-427-2773 (1-800- HARASS-3).
The hotline is staffed with pro bono attorneys affiliated with the New York State Bar Association and other attorney organizations.
Notably, the amendment requires that information about the hotline be included in any materials employers must post or provide to employees regarding sexual harassment. Thus, employers should update their sexual harassment training materials, workplace postings, and handbook policies or standalone sexual harassment policies with the hotline number. Employers would also be wise to keep an eye out for additional posting requirements from the NY DOL or replacement posters containing the required information.