Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an executive action establishing the first-ever
statewide regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination.
The regulations extend the provisions of a 1945 state human rights law to prohibit
discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations
like restaurants, hospitals and schools. They also protect transgender people from discrimination
when seeking mortgages, credit cards and other financial services. Transgender people who
have experienced discrimination can file a complaint in court, with the attorney general or
with the State Division of Human Rights. If the division finds that discrimination has occurred,
it can award compensatory damages, require policy changes, and levy fines and penalties of up to $100,000.