As of May 20, 2019, NYC will prohibit employment discrimination based on an employee’s “sexual and reproductive health decisions,” which the new law defines as “any decision by an individual to receive services, which are arranged for or offered or provided to individuals relating to sexual and reproductive health, including the reproductive system and its functions.”
The law, available here, provides several examples of services related to sexual and reproductive health decisions:
- Fertility-related medical procedures;
- Sexually transmitted disease prevention, testing, and treatment;
- Family planning services and counseling;
- Use of birth control drugs and supplies;
- Emergency contraception;
- Sterilization procedures;
- Pregnancy testing; and
The new law adds to the growing list of protected categories under the New York City Human Rights Law, which includes age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, caregiver status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation and alienage or citizenship status.
In anticipation of this new law, employers should update their employment policies to include “sexual and reproductive health decisions” as a protected category, and ensure that HR, managers and employees are trained on the new law.