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Disabilities (ADA): New York

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Michelle Barrett Falconer, Littler


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, New York employers must comply with the state and local antidiscrimination laws, including the New York State Human Rights Law. See The New York State Human Rights Law.
  • New York's Civil Rights Law prohibits discrimination against an individual with a disability unless such disability would prevent the individual from performing the particular job. See New York Civil Rights Law.
  • The New York State Human Rights Law contains a specific prohibition against discrimination against employees or applicants based on genetic predisposition. See Genetic Predisposition.
  • New York requires certain businesses to provide access to employee restrooms to members of the public with an eligible medical condition. See Crohn's and Colitis Fairness Act.
  • New York permits the use of medical cannabis by registered users with certain conditions. See Medical Use of Cannabis.
  • Localities including Albany County, Binghamton and New York City have laws pertaining to disability and/or pregnancy discrimination and accommodation. See Local Requirements.