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Sexual Harassment No More

June 24, 2018

Habitat
By Bill Morris

On May 9, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act, a package of 11 bills designed to enhance protections for both municipal and private employees, including those who work in large co-ops and condos. The new law requires all employers to post a sexual harassment policy and that businesses with 15 or more employees provide antisexual-harassment training every year. It also extends the statute of limitations for filing complaints from one year to three.

“The key for co-ops and condos is that there are many relationships, not just employer and employees,” says attorney Andrew Brucker, a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads. He notes that co-op corporations and condo associations consist of boards, shareholders or unit-owners, subletters, building staff, and contractors. “A good sexual harassment policy should discuss all those relationships.”

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