State launches hotline for workplace harassment issues

The state this week launched a hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773), for issues of workplace sexual harassment.
The confidential hotline will be operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights and will connect workers who have faced sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys to advise them.

In March, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation directing the division to implement the hotline, as well as strengthening protections against retaliation for victims of discrimination and making explicit that all public employers are subject to the Human Rights Law.

The division worked with the National Employment Lawyers Association of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and other bar associations to recruit the volunteer pro bono attorneys who will participate in this effort. 

New York was the first state to enact a Human Rights Law, affording every citizen “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.” Individuals interested in filing a complaint may visit the division’s website at

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