November 29, 2022
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Governor Hochul announces launch of statewide workplace sexual harassment hotline

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Governor Hochul on Tuesday has launched a hotline to help workers who have faced sexual harassment connect with pro-bono lawyers and provide them with advice, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced.

The hotline is the product of legislation Hochul signed earlier this year meant to strengthen the state’s sexual harassment measures.

“Every worker deserves access to resources to protect themselves from sexual harassment,” Hochul said. “New York State has taken action to make the workplace safer, more respectful, and more collaborative, and we will never stop working to support survivors and eliminate the scourge of sexual harassment.”

The number is 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773).

The law approved by Hochul in March included provisions meant to guard against retaliation for people who have been discriminated against and explicitly covering public employers under the state’s Human Rights Law.

The confidential hotline will be operated by the Division of Human Rights, which will be working with the National Employment Lawyers Association of NY and the New York State Bar Association to provide resources.

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