On May 9, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act, a comprehensive legislative package aimed at addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, into law. Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical behavior based on a person’s gender and can include unwanted touching; offensive and suggestive gestures or comments; asking about a person’s sex life or making sexualized remarks about a person’s appearance; sexualizing the work environment with imagery or other items; or telling sexual jokes. Under the new legislation, employers with 15 or more employees are required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees.
The Stop Sexual Harassment Act poster includes:
- an explanation of sexual harassment as a form of unlawful discrimination;
- a statement that sexual harassment is also a form of unlawful discrimination under state and federal law;
- a description of sexual harassment;
- the complaint process available through, and directions on how to contact, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the state division of human rights, and the United States equal employment opportunity commission; and
- prohibition against retaliation.
All employers in New York City are required to display this poster in English and Spanish in each workplace and distribute a fact sheet to employees (NYC Administrative Code, Sec. 8-107(29)). A copy of the fact sheet can be found on our Free Labor Law Posters download page.