NYC Human Rights Law Expanded to Protect Freelancers and Independent Contractors

The New York City Human Rights Law was recently amended, yet again, to enhance the protections available to NYC workers.

Effective January 11, 2020, the statute – one of the (if not the) broadest civil rights laws in the country – protects freelancers and independent contractors in addition to, e.g., “employees” and interns.

The new law states:

Additional provisions relating to employment. The protections of this chapter relating to employees apply to interns, freelancers and independent contractors.

[N.Y.C. Admin. Code ยง 8-107(23).]

This is yet another manner in which the City Law is broader than federal law (such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), which protects only “employees.”