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Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm join the New York Civil Liberties Union and a number of other civil rights advocacy organizations in their call to outlaw discrimination in New York State based on gender expression or identity.

“The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, known as GENDA, is a bill that explicitly bans discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in New York,” civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman explained. GENDA passed the New York State Assembly on April 30, said the New York Civil Liberties Union. The bill now goes to the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee.

“As a strong advocates of civil rights, we are calling on the governor and the New York State Legislature to pass this anti-discrimination law,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms. “Transgender people are being treated unfairly and they need the law on their side.”

Currently, New York State civil rights laws prohibit discrimination based on a number of personal characteristics, including age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability. Transgender people are not protected from discrimination under current state law. New York civil rights lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand GENDA would change this, adding gender identity and expression to New York State’s existing human rights laws, and prohibiting discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in employment, education, housing, credit and public accommodations.

To advance their message, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report titled “Advancing Transgender Civil Rights and Equality in New York: The Need for GENDA,” that documents discrimination and harassment against transgender people. The NYCLU report was released in advance of Equality & Justice Day on May 8.

According to the NYCLU, sixteen states and a number of localities including Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester and Suffolk counties, have passed anti-discrimination laws covering gender expression and identity. New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm represent victims of discrimination and hate crime in New York. For more information, please contact The Perecman Firm.


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