New York Increases Statute of Limitations for NYS Human Rights Law Claims

On November 17, 2023, New York Governor Hochul signed State Assembly Bill A00501, which amends a portion of the New York Executive Law (known as the New York State Human Rights Law), section 297, to increase the statute of limitations – for discrimination and retaliation claims asserted in the New York Division of Human Rights – from one year to three years after the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice.

Under the “old” law, the one-year period applied to all claims, while claims of “sexual harassment in employment” were already subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

The new law will take effect on February 15, 2024, the 90th day after signing, and will apply “to all unlawful discriminatory practice claims arising on or after such effective date.”

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