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Westchester County Human Rights Commission's Powers Expanded

Checkmark_2Westchester County practitioners take note.  Last week the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a measure that substantially expanded the enforcement powers of the Commission. 

As reported in this Lower Hudson Online article:

The Board of Legislators, in a unanimous vote last night, approved a measure that expands the enforcement power of the commission, including the ability to impose civil fines of up to $100,000 in housing discrimination cases and the power to seek punitive damages of up to $10,000 for any discriminatory behavior it deems egregious...

The commission handles cases of discrimination in the workplace, housing, lending and businesses of "public accommodation," such as restaurants and theaters. Its protections span such categories as race, disability, national origin, religion, gender, marital status and sexual orientation. Last year, its protections were extended to victims of domestic abuse.

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