File #: Int 0069-2024    Version: Name: Prohibiting provisions in employment agreements that shorten the period in which claims and complaints of unlawful discriminatory practices, harassment or violence may be filed and in which civil actions may be commenced.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Civil and Human Rights
On agenda: 2/8/2024
Enactment date: 5/11/2024 Law number: 2024/062
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting provisions in employment agreements that shorten the period in which claims and complaints of unlawful discriminatory practices, harassment or violence may be filed and in which civil actions may be commenced
Sponsors: Lincoln Restler, Tiffany Cabán, Nantasha M. Williams, Althea V. Stevens, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Crystal Hudson, Erik D. Bottcher, Kevin C. Riley, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Lynn C. Schulman, Shahana K. Hanif, Carlina Rivera , Rita C. Joseph
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Summary: Under Title 8 of the Administrative Code, people have one year to file a complaint with the NYC Commission on Human Rights for an unlawful discriminatory practice or act of discriminatory harassment or violence and three years to file a claim of gender-based harassment. In addition, they may commence a civil action within three years. This bill would make unenforceable and void any provision of any employment agreement that purports to shorten such periods.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 69-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 69, 3. Int. No. 69, 4. Hearing Testimony 6/26/23, 5. February 8, 2024 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-8-24, 7. Committee Report 2/29/24, 8. Hearing Testimony 2/29/24, 9. Hearing Transcript 2/29/24, 10. Int. No. 69-A - 4/3/24, 11. Committee Report 4/11/24, 12. Hearing Transcript 4/11/24, 13. Committee Report - Stated Meeting 4/11/24, 14. April 11, 2024 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-11-24, 16. Int. No. 69-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor
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Int. No. 69-A

 

By Council Members Restler, Cabán, Williams, Stevens, Gutiérrez, Hudson, Bottcher, Riley, Brooks-Powers, Schulman, Hanif, Rivera and Joseph

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting provisions in employment agreements that shorten the period in which claims and complaints of unlawful discriminatory practices, harassment or violence may be filed and in which civil actions may be commenced

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section 8-109 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision (e-1) to read as follows:

(e-1) Any provision of an agreement involving an employer, employment agency, or agent thereof pertaining to terms of employment that purports to shorten the periods in which a complaint or claim may be filed pursuant to subdivision (e) is unenforceable and void as against public policy. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to affect the enforceability of any provision of any agreement other than a provision limiting the period in which a complaint or claim may be filed.

§ 2. Section 8-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision d-1 to read as follows:

d-1. Any provision of an agreement involving an employer, employment agency, or agent thereof pertaining to terms of employment that purports to shorten the periods in which a civil action may be commenced pursuant to subdivision d is unenforceable and void as against public policy. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to affect the enforceability of any provision of any agreement other than a provision limiting the period in which a civil action may be commenced. 

§ 3. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

Session 13

NAB/JLB

LS #10965

4/2/2024 1:34 PM

 

Session 12

NAB

LS #10965

11/17/22 11:00AM