Various federal, state, and local laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, health care, and education, among other areas. The Office of the New York State Attorney General also has a dedicated Hate Crimes Unit that investigates bias-based acts of violence or intimidation when someone has harmed another person or violated their civil rights because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Civil Rights Bureau
The Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General works to promote equal justice under law and seeks to enforce the civil rights of all New Yorkers.
Hate Crimes Unit
The Hate Crimes Unit works with the Civil Rights Bureau to investigate bias-based acts of violence or intimidation. The unit can bring civil actions when someone has harmed another person or violated their civil rights because of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, source of income, or disability.