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File #: Int 0804-2015    Version: Name: Require covered entities to engage in a cooperative dialogue with persons who are or may be entitled to reasonable accommodations.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Civil Rights
On agenda: 6/10/2015
Enactment date: 1/19/2018 Law number: 2018/059
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, to require covered entities to engage in a cooperative dialogue with persons who are or may be entitled to reasonable accommodations
Sponsors: Inez D. Barron, Mathieu Eugene, Rosie Mendez, Donovan J. Richards, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ben Kallos, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Summary: The New York City Human Rights Law currently requires the entities that it covers to make reasonable accommodations for victims of domestic violence, individuals with pregnancy and related conditions, religious needs, and disabilities. This bill clarifies the reasonable accommodation requirement by expressly requiring covered entities to engage in or seek to engage in a cooperative dialogue with individuals who may be entitled to such accommodation, in order to identify what reasonable accommodations are available to assist them. Int. 804-A applies to employers, providers of public accommodations, and providers of housing accommodations.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 804-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 804, 3. Int. No. 804 - 6/10/15, 4. June 10, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Proposed Int. No. 804-A - 9/21/15, 6. Committee Report 9/21/15, 7. Hearing Testimony 9/21/15, 8. Hearing Transcript 9/21/15, 9. Proposed Int. No. 804-A - 12/12/17, 10. Committee Report 12/18/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 12/18/17, 12. December 19, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 13. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-19-17, 14. Int. No. 804-A (FINAL), 15. Fiscal Impact Statement, 16. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 17. Local Law 59
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Int. No. 804-A

 

By Council Members Barron, Eugene, Mendez, Richards, Rosenthal, Kallos and Menchaca

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, to require covered entities to engage in a cooperative dialogue with persons who are or may be entitled to reasonable accommodations

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1.  Section 8-102 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision in alphabetical order to read as follows:

                     Cooperative dialogue. The term “cooperative dialogue” means the process by which a covered entity and a person entitled to an accommodation, or who may be entitled to an accommodation under the law, engage in good faith in a written or oral dialogue concerning the person’s accommodation needs; potential accommodations that may address the person’s accommodation needs, including alternatives to a requested accommodation; and the difficulties that such potential accommodations may pose for the covered entity.

                     § 2. Section 8-107 of the administrative code of the city of New York is hereby amended by adding a new subdivision 28 to read as follows:

                     28. Reasonable accommodation; cooperative dialogue. 

(a) Employment. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, labor

organization or employment agency or an employee or agent thereof to refuse or otherwise fail to engage in a cooperative dialogue within a reasonable time with a person who has requested an accommodation or who the covered entity has notice may require such an accommodation:

                     (1) For religious needs as provided in subdivision 3 of this section;

                     (2) Related to a disability as provided in subdivision 15 of this section;

                     (3) Related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition as provided in subdivision 22 of this section; or

                     (4) For such person’s needs as a victim of domestic violence,  sex  offenses  or  stalking  as provided in subdivision 27 of this section.

                     (b) Public accommodations. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person who is the owner, franchisor, franchisee, lessor, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place or provider of public accommodation to refuse or otherwise fail to engage in a cooperative dialogue within a reasonable time with a person who has requested an accommodation or who the covered entity has notice may require an accommodation related to disability as provided in subdivision 15 of this section.

                     (c) Housing accommodation. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an owner, lessor, lessee, sublessee, assignee, or managing agent of, or other person having the right to sell,

rent or lease or approve the sale, rental or lease of a housing accommodation, constructed or to be constructed, or an interest therein, or any agency or employee thereof to refuse or otherwise fail to engage in a cooperative dialogue within a reasonable time with a person who has requested an accommodation or who the covered entity has notice may require an accommodation related to disability as provided in subdivision 15 of this section.  

                     (d)  Upon reaching a final determination at the conclusion of a cooperative dialogue pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (c) of this subdivision, the covered entity shall provide any person requesting an accommodation  who participated in the cooperative dialogue with a written final determination identifying any accommodation granted or denied.

                     (e) The determination that no reasonable accommodation would enable the person requesting an accommodation to satisfy the essential requisites of a job or enjoy the right or rights in question may only be made after the parties have engaged, or the covered entity has attempted to engage, in a cooperative dialogue.                     

                     (f) Rights and obligations set forth in this subdivision are supplemental to and independent of the rights and obligations provided by subdivisions 3, 15, 22 and 27. A covered entity’s compliance with this subdivision is not a defense to a claim of not providing a reasonable accommodation under provisions of title 8 other than this subdivision.

                     § 3.  This local law takes effect on the same date as section 3 of a local law amending the New York city charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to making improvements to clarify and strengthen the human rights law, and to repeal and replace section 8-102 of the administrative code of the city of New York, relating to definitions of terms in the human rights law, and to repeal sections 8-103, 8-104, 8-105 and 8-106 of the administrative code of the city of New York, relating to the functions, powers and duties of the commission on human rights and its relations with city departments and agencies, as proposed in introduction number 1012-A for the year 2015, takes effect. 

 

 

 

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