The New York Human Rights Law (NYHRL) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an actual or perceived disability or a predisposing genetic characteristic (NY Exec. Law Sec. 296).
“Disability” defined. “Disability” is defined as:
• A physical or mental impairment resulting from anatomical, physiological, genetic, or neurological conditions that prevents the exercise of a normal bodily function or is demonstrable by medically accepted techniques;
• A record of such an impairment; or
• Being regarded by others as having such an impairment.
Disability covered by the law is limited to impairments that, upon the provision of reasonable accommodations, do not prevent the individual from performing job activities in a reasonable manner.
The law applies to employers with four or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions.