The New York Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, or domestic violence victim status (NY Exec. Law Sec. 296et seq.).
The law covers employers with four or more employees. The law has no specific provision that requires employers to implement affirmative action plans. However, it does specifically permit employers to carry out a plan to increase the employment of members of a minority group that has a disproportionately high statewide unemployment rate. Such plans must first be approved by the Division of Human Rights.